NFL combine: Xavier Worthy sets 40-yard dash record of 4.21 seconds

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 01: Xavier Worthy #WO40 of the Texas Longhorns speaks to the media during the 2024 NFL Draft Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 01, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Xavier Worthy of the Texas Longhorns is fast. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Former Texas Longhorns wide receiver Xavier Worthy is the fastest man the NFL combine has ever seen.

He was clocked at a lightning time of 4.22 seconds on his second attempt. It was updated to 4.21 when official times were released, besting John Ross III’s all-time record from 2017 by .01 seconds.

The historic run came after Worthy opened up with a 4.25 to best anyone else in the field, and his 10-yard split of 1.45 seconds was the fastest split of the weekend.

It was only right that he went for it again:

Here’s how Worthy looks compared to Ross, former University of Washington wideout, when he set the record:

Ross’ draft stock took a major boost after the combine, and the Cincinnati Bengals selected him ninth overall in the 2017 draft. He went on to have an abbreviated career, retiring last offseason after being hampered by multiple injuries. He recorded 62 receptions for 957 yards with 11 touchdowns over his entire career with the Bengals and New York Giants.

For Worthy, the attention was pouring in before he even tied the record. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and defensive end Charles Omenihu took to social media to express awe at his first run:

The back-to-back Super Bowl champions will have the last selection in the first round of this year’s draft, but they weren’t the only ones to give props. Former Philadelphia Eagles receiver Desean Jackson, who ran a quick 4.35 seconds at his combine, offered a few fire emojis:

This story will be updated.

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