Seven NFL Stars Who Ran Slow 40-Yard Dashes at the Combine

Jordan Cohn
February 26, 2020 - 11:32 am

Speed is a big component of the NFL scouting combine, but it isn’t everything.

It certainly has foretold the futures of some participants. Chris Johnson showcased his breakaway speed in the 2008 combine, blowing away competing running backs with a then-record 4.24 40-yard dash time. His vertical and broad jump, the two other drills in which he participated, were also higher than guys like Darren McFadden and Jamaal Charles.

As a result, the Titans selected him in the first round, and the investment more than paid off. Johnson went on to run for nearly 8000 yards in six years with the Titans. Johnson and other memorable combine speedsters have used the 40-yard dash to stake their claims on first round draft spots. But some notable players didn’t do themselves any help at the 40-yard dash, lowering their draft stocks and eventually proving to be much better than their performances would indicate.

Here are seven less-than-stellar combine performers that blossomed into stars.

All stats retrieved from Pro Football Reference.