Ohio State players in NFL Combine: 40 times fastest ever

The 2022 NFL scouting combine takes place this week in Indianapolis, Indiana, and it still provides a unique and stressful showcase for future NFL players. The combine is usually the most important part of the pre-draft process for many NFL prospects and is the most important job interview these young men can have in their lives.

Any seasoned NFL scout will tell you that the combine isn’t the end and is just part of the process, but fans love the idea of ​​the underwear Olympics and seeing some of these athletes monsters perform insane feats in the bench press. , shuttle run, 40-meter dash, vertical jump and long jump.

Here are the top five 40-yard sprint performances by former Ohio State football players. We only track NFL Scouting Combine numbers not pro days and only track numbers since the NFL Scouting Combine moved to Indianapolis in 1987.

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Terry McLaurin – 4.35 seconds

January 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, USA; Ohio State North wide receiver Terry McLaurin (10) carries the ball against Kentucky South defensive back Lonnie Johnson Jr. (1) during the first quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Credit: John David Mercer – USA TODAY Sports

During the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, Terry McLaurin ran a blistering 4.35-second sprint for 40 yards. McLaurin was a great receiver at Ohio State, but he’s really shined since being drafted in the third round by Washington. He was All-Rookie in 2019.


Ken-Yon Rambo – 4.34 seconds

New York Jets wide receiver Ken-Yon Rambo, right, gains 23 yards on a pass from quarterback Brooks Bollinger as the Philadelphia Eagles shield JR Reed and Quinten Mikell (46) try to tackle him Friday night, on September 3, 2004, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford. The Jets beat the Eagles 28-27. (AP Photo/Bill Kostrun)

Ken-Yon Rambo had an extremely productive college career as a receiver and returner. He ran an impressive 4.34 seconds for 40 yards in 2001. Rambo was drafted in the seventh round by the Raiders and had a decent career, but really exploded during his time in the CFL.


Denzel Ward – 4.32 seconds

December 2, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Denzel Ward (12) intercepts a pass intended for Wisconsin Badgers tight end Troy Fumagalli (81) in the first quarter of the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Sports

It’s no surprise that Denzel Ward made it to this list, as the elite athlete ran a 4.32-second 40-yard sprint in 2018. Ward was an All-American and All-Big Ten in 2017 and after being drafted with the fourth overall pick by the Cleveland BrownsWard was named All-Rookie and Pro Bowl twice.


Curtis Samuel – 4.31 seconds

December 31, 2016; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Curtis Samuel (4) heads the ball against the Clemson Tigers during the fourth quarter of the 2016 CFP Semifinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Another name on this list that should come as no surprise, Curtis Samuel ran what is tied for the fastest 40-yard rush time of any former Buckeye in combine history at 4.31 seconds. in 2017. Samuel was an All-American and All-Big Ten in 2016 before being selected in the second round by Washington.


Parris Campbell – 4.31 seconds

January 1, 2019; Pasadena, California, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) celebrates after catching a touchdown with wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (1) in the first quarter against the Washington Huskies in the 2019 Rose Bowl at Rose Bowl Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

Parris Cambell tied Curts Samuel for the fastest 40-yard rush time rushed by a former Buckeye with 4.31 seconds in 2019. He was phenomenal at Ohio State, earning All-Big Ten honors three times. He was selected in the second round by the Indianapolis Colts.

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