The annual NFL Scouting Combine is the greatest showcase for this quantitative talent. Speed is a determining element in an NFL scouting evaluation.
In the four-day 2022 NFL Scouting Combine, college players will be put through mental and physical tests to demonstrate their abilities. As the NFL Draft approaches in April, league coaches, general managers, and scouts will assess this year’s 324 prospects.
NFL Scouting Combine Will Give Players A Chance To Prove Themselves
The NFL invited a total of 324 players to the combine this year, but just because they were invited does not ensure they would attend. Let’s take a look at the quickest athletes expected to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in 2022.
Danny Gray, WR, SMU:
This wide receiver is predicted to have the quickest 40-yard sprint time this week. Danny won the 2017 Texas Class 3 A State Championship in the hundred m sprint and ran the quickest time of any offense player at this year’s Senior Bowl, reaching 22.01 miles/hour at one point. During his NFL Scouting Combine test, he is predicted to clock 4.2s.
Kalon Barnes, CB, Baylor:
Barnes runs the 100-meter sprint in 10.22 seconds, which is the state HS record in Texas. He also competed in track and field for Baylor. He won the 100 meters in the USC Trojan Invitational in 2019 with a pace of 10.4 seconds. During his NFL Scouting Combine test, he is predicted to clock 4.2 to 4.3seconds.
Tariq Woolen, CB, Texas-San Antonio:
With a speed of 22.45 miles per hour in the 2022 Senior Bowl, he set a new record for the event. During his NFL Scouting Combine test, he is predicted to run in the low 4.3s.
Zyon McCollum, CB, Sam Houston State:
At the 2022 Senior Bowl, the cornerback clocked in at 21.06 miles/hour, and he’s been working with Danny Gray, putting him on the same speed level as the SMU wideout.
Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State:
During his training sessions, Dotson is often clocked at 4.3s, and he is projected to run a similar time during his Combine test.
At the Scouting Combine, NFL scouts will pay close attention to the 40-yard sprint and shuttle runs. Athletes use this event to show off their straight-line speed.