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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451 201
Tyreek Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs

2
439 196
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Royals

3
396 175
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
298 129
Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Washington Redskins

5
303 140
Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Jets, Tennessee Titans

6
242 106
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dallas Cowboys

7
300 141
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
255 115
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
208 90
John Ross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
John Ross Cincinnati Bengals

10
221 104
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
246 129
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
178 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
121 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
118 66
Brandin Cooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots

15
118 66
Marquise Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

16
93 47
Willie Gault is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Chicago Bears, Tennessee Volunteers football, Los Angeles Raiders

17
103 58
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
82 45
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
64 37
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
heyohsurferdudes added Chicago Bears

20
87 59
Dri Archer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dri Archer Pittsburgh Steelers

21
84 57
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Atlanta Falcons, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

22
77 51
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football

23
87 61
Patrick Peterson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Arizona Cardinals, LSU Tigers football

24
70 47
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
34 14
Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
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26
67 45
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time

27
44 25
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders

28
74 54
Odell Beckham Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Giants, LSU Tigers football

29
64 45
Mike Wallace is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins

30
67 48
Trindon Holliday is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Houston Texans

31
65 47
Jacoby Ford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Clemson Tigers football

32
59 42
Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams

33
38 22
Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added

34
49 33
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers

35
40 26
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 35
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
54 44
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills

38
49 39
Darrius Heyward-Bey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders

39
20 10
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders, Michigan Wolverines football

40
51 42
Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football

41
23 14
Cordarrelle Patterson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added

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
31 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
18 12
Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added

46
15 9
James Jett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
JamesR added

47
43 41
DeAngelo Hall is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders

48
37 36
Ron Brown is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Raiders

49
6 2
Cliff Branch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
kwillymac added

50
5 1
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
kwillymac added Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles