Washington wide receiver John Ross pulled up at the end of his first 40-yard dash due to tightness in his calf muscles, but that didn’t stop the Huskies speedster from setting a new NFL Combine record.
Officially the fastest 40-yard dash… EVER.
— NFL (@NFL) March 4, 2017
Ross officially recorded a 4.22 seconds 40-yard dash time on Saturday, breaking running back Chris Johnson’s 2008 4.24 seconds record.
— Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson28) March 4, 2017
“I’m just thankful beyond measure, blessed and just really happy to be in this situation,” Ross said, via NFL Network. “Because two years ago, I was sitting on the couch for the whole season, torn ACL, and now to be in this position, I’m really thankful.”
Ross is projected to be a first-round pick, and is considered one of the top wide receiver prospects in this year’s class alongside Clemson’s Mike Williams and Western Michigan’s Corey Davis. The Huskies 5-foot-11, 188-pound receiver is coming off a breakout season in the Pac-12, as he recorded career-highs in receptions (81), receiving yards (1,150), and touchdown receptions (17) in 2016.
The NFL’s newest speedster also finished tied in his position group for the third best broad jump (133 inches) and posted a 37 inch vertical. Ross confirmed that he would be undergoing shoulder surgery on March 14, and likely solidified himself as first-round pick despite not finishing drills due to tightness.
Adidas had offered an island to the any prospect that broke Johnson’s 2008 record while wearing the company’s 2017 Adizero 5-Star 40 cleats, but Ross only had one pair of cleats in mind for his historic afternoon.
— John Ross III (@WatchJRoss) March 4, 2017
BREAKING: Nike has signed John Ross, who just broke Chris Johnson’s 40 yard dash record. pic.twitter.com/61fH8mCVWy
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 4, 2017