John Ross made history.
We knew Washington wide receiver John Ross was fast.
What we didn’t know is that we were all selling his speed short.
John Ross III, a junior wide receiver from the Washington Huskies broke the all-time 40-yard dash record at the NFL Draft Combine this morning with an incredible time of 4.22 seconds.
That time breaks the previous record (4.24), which was held by current Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson by 2 one-hundredths of a second.
It happened on Ross’ first run of the day. Unfortunately, the lightning-quick receiver pulled after his run with cramps and was unable to go a second time.
“I’m just thankful beyond measure, blessed and just really happy to be in this situation,” Ross told NFL Network’s Michael Irvin about breaking the record, “because two years ago, I was sitting on the couch for the whole season, torn ACL, and now to be in this position, I’m really thankful.”
2016 represented a breakout season for Ross who hauled in 81 catches for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 8 times for another 102 yards and one more touchdown.
Heading into the draft process, Ross looked to be the #3 overall wide receiver prospect in this class behind Clemson’s Mike Williams and Western Michigan’s Corey Davis. However, this time, coupled with his junior-year production, is going to have teams rethinking their positions on him.
The one negative for Ross here is that he was wearing Nike cleats instead of Adidas cleats.
Adidas offered to buy anyone who broke Chris Johnson’s 40-time while wearing their cleats, a private island, valued up to $1,000,000.
When asked why he chose to wear Nike’s instead of Adidas, Ross replied:
“I can’t swim and I don’t own a boat.”
After today’s performance, it’s safe to say that money isn’t going to be an issue for him much longer.