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Baylor’s Tyquan Thornton Posts 4.28-Sec 40-Yard Dash, 8th Fastest in History



INDIANAPOLIS — Baylor wide receiver Tyquan Thornton set the NFL Combine all-time record with a 4.28-second 40-yard dash on Thursday.

Thornton initially looked like he broke the record of John Ross, which has stood since 2017. Ross ran a 4.22-second 40 before being drafted No. 9 overall in then 2017 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Thornton’s time was originally reported as 4.21 by the NFL Network broadcast of the combine before being corrected to 4.28.

The performance of Thornton, a 6-foot-3, 182-pound Miami native, was part of an incredible night of running by the top collegiate prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft pool.

Nine players broken the 4.4-second mark. Velus Jones ran second at 4.31, Calvin Austin III of Tennessee was clocked at 4.32. Several players, including Ohio State’s Chris Olave and North Dakota State’s Christian Watson, had their times increased before being made official. Olave ran in 4.39 seconds. Watson was clocked at 4.36 seconds.

Cincinnati passer Desmond Ridder ran a 4.52 to pace the quarterbacks. Maryland’s Chig Okwonkwo was the fastest tight end at 4.52 seconds. Defensive backs will run later in the week.

This story has been updated following the NFL updating the official times of the athletes.

Click for more coverage from Alan Saunders, Nick Farabaugh and Dan Angell, live from Indianapolis at the 2022 NFL Combine.

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