Sports The Fastest NFL Players of All Time  

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List Rules Best players in NFL history who were known for their elite speed

This list is composed of the fastest NFL players of all time, ranked by overall speed and talent level. The NFL measures straight-line speed at the yearly NFL combine, with John Ross breaking the 40-yard dash record in 2017 with a blazing 4.22-second dash. However, that speed does not always translate to the field. Fans often tell tales of the greatest wide receiver of all time, Jerry Rice, who only ran a 4.71 40-yard dash yet displayed elite on-field speed with pads on.

This list is a collection of which players displayed the most jaw-dropping, game-changing speed in NFL history. It's no coincidence that many of these players also find themselves among the greatest NFL players of all time. Typically, the fastest NFL players are running backs, wide receivers, and cornerbacks, although certain anomalies like Michael Vick find themselves among the fastest NFL players due to top-notch speed.

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476 209
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Royals

2
424 184
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

3
487 221
Tyreek Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs

4
323 139
Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Washington Redskins

5
322 147
Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Jets, Tennessee Titans

6
326 150
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings

7
268 124
Devin Hester is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Hurricanes football

8
253 117
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dallas Cowboys

9
222 99
John Ross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
John Ross Cincinnati Bengals

10
231 112
DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

11
263 138
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons

12
200 100
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Detroit Lions, Oklahoma State Cowboys football

13
126 70
Brandin Cooks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots

14
126 70
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers

15
103 52
Willie Gault is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Chicago Bears, Tennessee Volunteers football, Los Angeles Raiders

16
125 72
Marquise Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

17
91 51
Champ Bailey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints

18
107 65
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks

19
73 44
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
heyohsurferdudes added Chicago Bears

20
93 62
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Atlanta Falcons, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

21
82 56
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football

22
84 58
Odell Beckham Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Giants, LSU Tigers football

23
40 18
Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
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24
76 52
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions

25
72 49
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time