On Thursday night, the NFL Combine went into primetime for the very first time. Usually, the first group of athletes is finished with their respective workouts by late afternoon.
However, the NFL and NFL Network decided to push things a little later, giving fans a chance to get out of work and to their couches for the action. It was all worth it by the time the wide receivers took the field for the 40-yard dash.
The second group of wide receivers provided a few blazing times. However, none was faster than former Alabama star wide receiver Henry Ruggs. Heading into the Combine, Ruggs was expected to push Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross for the title of fastest 40-yard dash time.
Ruggs stumbled out of the gate initially and was forced to reset. That turned out to be good for the former Crimson Tide star, who ran an unofficial 4.28-second 40-yard dash in his first attempt.
Ruggs backed it up with his second run. The former Crimson Tide standout hit an unofficial 4.31 on his second run, cementing his status as the fastest player thus far.
4.28u 40-YARD DASH FOR HENRY RUGGS III 😳💨
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 28, 2020
Before the 2019 college football season kicked off, Ruggs was not on the radar when it came to the first round of the NFL draft.
However, after dominating SEC defenses with his elite speed and route combination, Ruggs is expected to be drafted in the first round come April.
Several teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos could be landing spots for the talented wideout.
UPDATE: Ruggs’ official 40-time came in and he was actually faster than the initial time.
Official time on Henry Ruggs is a 4.27!#NFLCombine
— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) February 28, 2020
A 4.27 is just .05 off the record time.