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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436 191
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
443 198
Tyreek Hill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs

3
392 174
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

4
296 128
Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Washington Redskins

5
242 103
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dallas Cowboys

6
301 138
Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Jets, Tennessee Titans

7
296 139
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings

8
254 114
Devin Hester is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Hurricanes football

9
206 89
John Ross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
John Ross Cincinnati Bengals

10
218 103
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
242 127
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
174 93
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Detroit Lions, Oklahoma State Cowboys football

13
118 65
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers

14
93 46
Willie Gault is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Chicago Bears, Tennessee Volunteers football, Los Angeles Raiders

15
116 65
Marquise Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

16
116 65
Brandin Cooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots

17
103 57
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks

18
81 44
Champ Bailey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints

19
87 58
Dri Archer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dri Archer Pittsburgh Steelers

20
62 37
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
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21
76 51
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football

22
82 57
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Atlanta Falcons, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

23
85 61
Patrick Peterson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Arizona Cardinals, LSU Tigers football

24
66 44
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time

25
69 47
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions

26
44 24
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders

27
33 14
Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
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28
64 44
Mike Wallace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins

29
59 41
Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams

30
65 47
Jacoby Ford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Clemson Tigers football

31
66 48
Trindon Holliday is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Houston Texans

32
72 54
Odell Beckham Jr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Giants, LSU Tigers football

33
49 33
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers

34
36 22
Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
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35
39 25
A. J. Green is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Cincinnati Bengals, Georgia Bulldogs football team

36
48 34
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants

37
49 38
Darrius Heyward-Bey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders

38
53 43
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills

39
51 41
Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football

40
20 10
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Michigan Wolverines football

41
23 14
Cordarrelle Patterson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
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42
39 31
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles

43
30 23
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Cleveland Browns, Syracuse Orange football

44
35 29
C. J. Spiller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs

45
15 9
James Jett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
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46
43 41
DeAngelo Hall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders

47
6 1
Cliff Branch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
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48
16 12
Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
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49
37 36
Ron Brown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Raiders

50
20 18
Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals