Marquise Goodwin will set the record in the 40 yard dash today at the NFL Combine. At least that will be his goal. In his interview sessions at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday, Marquise Goodwin told reporters covering the event that his goal is to beat the 4.24 seconds in the 40 yard dash set by Chris Johnson in 2008. Here is the video of the interview:
Now while it is great to have that goal, let’s go over some 40 yard dash facts:
- While Chris Johnson has the official record, Bo Jackson ran a 4.12 at the NFL Scouting Combine in 1986. But those times were all hand timed and were known to be exaggerated. Electronic timing was introduced at the NFL Combine in 1999 and that is how long they have been keeping track of the record.
- Out of the top 16 40 yard dash times, six were selected by the Oakland Raiders. If Marquise runs as fast as he says he will, he might be wearing the sliver and black this fall.
- While nothing a player does at the NFL combine is a guaranteed predictor of success, a very fast 40 yard dash makes you move up many teams’ draft boards. Out of those top 16 40 yard dash times, only 2 haven’t been drafted and 11 of the top 16 have been taken in the first 3 rounds of the NFL Draft.
Marquise Goodwin says he wants to prove that he is more than a speed guy, but his speed is something that can’t be coached. If he breaks that record, I could see him move up into the late 1st round.