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

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108 45
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Deion Sanders San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

3
90 39
Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Darrell Green Washington Redskins

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92 42
DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
DeSean Jackson Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

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101 50
Tyreek Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Tyreek Hill Kansas City Chiefs

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89 42
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Bob Hayes Dallas Cowboys

7
115 61
Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Chris Johnson New York Jets, Tennessee Titans

8
92 45
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Randy Moss New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings

9
81 39
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Michael Vick Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons

10
88 47
Devin Hester is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Devin Hester Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Hurricanes football

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55 27
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Barry Sanders Detroit Lions, Oklahoma State Cowboys football

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55 28
John Ross is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
John Ross Cincinnati Bengals

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45 21
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Joey Galloway New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks

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48 25
Marquise Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Marquise Goodwin Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

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46 25
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Ted Ginn, Jr. San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers

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37 18
Trindon Holliday is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Trindon Holliday Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Houston Texans

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37 18
Jacoby Ford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Jacoby Ford New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Clemson Tigers football

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48 28
Brandin Cooks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Brandin Cooks New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots

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46 29
Patrick Peterson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Patrick Peterson Arizona Cardinals, LSU Tigers football

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38 23
Dri Archer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dri Archer Pittsburgh Steelers

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26 14
Champ Bailey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Champ Bailey Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints

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27 16
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football

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11 2
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
heyohsurferdudes added Walter Payton Chicago Bears

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27 20
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Reggie Bush New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions

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27 20
Willie Gault is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Willie Gault Chicago Bears, Tennessee Volunteers football, Los Angeles Raiders

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26 19
Jim Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Jim Thorpe Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants

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19 14
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Rod Woodson San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers

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34 30
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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28 24
Mike Wallace is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Mike Wallace Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins

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27 23
DeAngelo Hall is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
DeAngelo Hall Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders

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26 22
Darrius Heyward-Bey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Darrius Heyward-Bey Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders

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26 22
Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dante Hall Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams

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26 22
Raghib Ismail is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Raghib Ismail Notre Dame Fighting Irish football

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17 14
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time

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19 17
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles

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25 24
LeSean McCoy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills

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3 0
Todd Gurley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Todd Gurley

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17 16
C. J. Spiller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
C. J. Spiller Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs

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2 0
A. J. Green is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added A. J. Green Cincinnati Bengals, Georgia Bulldogs football team

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2 0
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, Florida Gators football

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2 0
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Eric Dickerson Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders

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2 0
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Jim Brown Cleveland Browns, Syracuse Orange football

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1 1
Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Chad Ochocinco New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals

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14 17
Jerome Mathis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Jerome Mathis Houston Texans, Washington Redskins

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25 31
Odell Beckham Jr. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants, LSU Tigers football

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12 17
Torry Holt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Torry Holt New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars

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12 19
Ron Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Ron Brown Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Raiders

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11 18
Ike Taylor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Ike Taylor Pittsburgh Steelers, Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns football

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9 16
Michael Bennett is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Michael Bennett San Diego Chargers

50
8 16
Terence Newman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Terence Newman Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals