Football 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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637 288
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
652 298
Tyreek Hill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs
3
567 252
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
432 190
Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Washington Redskins
5
415 181
Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Jets, Tennessee Titans
6
356 148
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dallas Cowboys
7
416 191
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
341 157
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
295 136
John Ross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Cincinnati Bengals
10
297 145
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
333 179
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
264 136
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Detroit Lions, Oklahoma State Cowboys football
13
163 93
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
163 93
Marquise Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers
15
132 77
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
150 92
Brandin Cooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots
17
138 84
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
116 68
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
105 62
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
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20
124 82
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Atlanta Falcons, Alabama Crimson Tide Football
21
68 34
Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
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22
107 70
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football
23
110 75
Odell Beckham Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Giants, LSU Tigers football
24
88 56
Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams
25
110 76
Dri Archer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers