Washington wide receiver John Ross set a NFL Scouting Combine record by running an official 4.22 40-yard dash on Saturday afternoon, which overtook running back Chris Johnson’s previous record of 4.24, which was set in 2008.
"When I got there, everything kind of got quiet. I had so much adrenaline," Ross told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "I was nervous right before I went, so I was up on my hands. Everything got quiet; I couldn't hear anything. And I just took off. I held my breath ... and it just went on from there."
Ross didn’t run a second attempt because he said he “cramped up,” but when the NFL came back and confirmed his official record-setting run, history had already been made.
Johnson took to social media to let people know he was watching.
— Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson28) March 4, 2017
Ross, who is considered a first-round prospect, had 81 receptions for 1,150 yards with 17 touchdowns last season for Washington.
Here’s part of the NFL.com scouting report on Ross:
“Ross is an instant-impact weapon who scored 23 touchdowns in just 112 touches. He should be able to step right in as a kick returner and a slot receiver, but teams with speed at tight end might utilize him outside to create extreme vertical stress on opposing safeties. If his knees check out as healthy, Ross is a likely first-round pick with the rare ability to become a high-volume slot receiver or a lesser-targeted, high-yield deep-ball threat.”
It wasn’t just speed at the receiver position on Saturday as the tight ends also showed out in a big way.
How fast were the 40 TE times? Of the top 14 times in the last 5 years, 7 were run today. And of the top 7, 5 were run today.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 4, 2017
With last year’s fifth-round pick
Fast, that’s what. Really, really fast.