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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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Tyreek Hill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs
2
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens
3
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Royals
4
Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Washington Redskins
5
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dallas Cowboys
6
Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Jets, Tennessee Titans
7
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
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
John Ross is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Cincinnati Bengals
10
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
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
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Detroit Lions, Oklahoma State Cowboys football
13
Willie Gault is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Chicago Bears, Tennessee Volunteers football, Los Angeles Raiders
14
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
Marquise Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers
16
Champ Bailey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints
17
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
Brandin Cooks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots
19
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
kwillymac added Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles
20
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
heyohsurferdudes added Chicago Bears
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Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Atlanta Falcons, Alabama Crimson Tide Football
22
Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
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Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football
24
Dante Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams
25
Cliff Branch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
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