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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1
550 244
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
488 213
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
561 253
Tyreek Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs

4
367 161
Chris Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New York Jets, Tennessee Titans

5
369 164
Darrell Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Washington Redskins

6
369 171
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings

7
298 131
Bob Hayes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dallas Cowboys

8
305 140
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
269 121
DeSean Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins

10
256 117
John Ross is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
John Ross Cincinnati Bengals

11
301 152
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
230 112
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Detroit Lions, Oklahoma State Cowboys football

13
144 82
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
140 83
Brandin Cooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots

15
139 84
Marquise Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers

16
115 65
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
106 60
Champ Bailey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints

18
93 52
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
heyohsurferdudes added Chicago Bears

19
120 78
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks

20
58 25
Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Brennon cudd added

21
106 75
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Atlanta Falcons, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

22
95 65
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Kansas City Chiefs, Texas Longhorns football

23
96 69
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
99 72
Dri Archer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
Dri Archer Pittsburgh Steelers

25
57 33
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Fastest NFL Players of All Time
CompleteBoss added Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders