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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257 114
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
230 101
Tyreek Hill is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs

3
228 103
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
193 89
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings

5
202 95
Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Jets, Tennessee Titans

6
175 79
Devin Hester is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Hurricanes football

7
118 45
John Ross is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
John Ross Cincinnati Bengals

8
177 82
Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Washington Redskins

9
150 68
DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

10
160 80
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons

11
158 79
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dallas Cowboys

12
87 40
Marquise Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

13
107 55
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Detroit Lions, Oklahoma State Cowboys football

14
82 43
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
71 40
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks

16
77 45
Brandin Cooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots

17
56 28
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football

18
54 27
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
52 30
Willie Gault is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Chicago Bears, Tennessee Volunteers football, Los Angeles Raiders

20
23 5
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders

21
67 46
Patrick Peterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Arizona Cardinals, LSU Tigers football

22
58 39
Dri Archer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dri Archer Pittsburgh Steelers

23
48 31
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions

24
39 24
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time

25
55 39
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Atlanta Falcons, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

26
32 18
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
heyohsurferdudes added Chicago Bears

27
48 34
Jacoby Ford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Clemson Tigers football

28
21 9
A. J. Green is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Cincinnati Bengals, Georgia Bulldogs football team

29
46 33
Mike Wallace is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins

30
50 38
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
39 28
Darrius Heyward-Bey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders

32
14 4
Cordarrelle Patterson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added

33
17 7
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Cleveland Browns, Syracuse Orange football

34
33 23
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
42 32
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills

36
16 7
Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added

37
39 31
Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Notre Dame Fighting Irish football

38
9 2
Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Brennon cudd added

39
9 2
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
33 27
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants

41
45 40
Odell Beckham Jr. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Giants, LSU Tigers football

42
37 32
Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams

43
36 31
DeAngelo Hall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders

44
28 23
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles

45
26 21
C. J. Spiller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs

46
7 3
Kareem Hunt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added

47
11 9
Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals

48
22 22
Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars

49
13 12
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, Florida Gators football

50
3 3
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
RyanTraverse added San Diego Chargers