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Xavier Worthy Blows Minds at NFL Combine with New 40-Time Record



Steelers Xavier Worthy

Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy stunned onlookers at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday by running a 4.21 official 40-yard dash time, the fastest anyone in NFL history has ran at the event. It breaks the record set by John Ross, who ran a 4.22 40-yard dash. Worthy weighed in at just 165 pounds, but he has speed and explosiveness, the hallmarks of his game as a receiver.

Worthy’s strengths are exemplified by his deep threat abilities, and alongside Adonai Mitchell, he became one of the most feared deep threats in the country. Unsurprisingly, he was a contender to set the record, as Worthy was a track star in high school and has legitimate world-class speed. He just proved that very correct on Saturday.

The Steelers might want a deep threat, but they did not have a formal meeting reported with Worthy. They held formal meetings with LSU’s Britan Thomas, Oregon’s Troy Franklin, Texas’ Adonai Mitchell, Florida State’s Keon Coleman, and Washington’s Jalen McMillan.

Those five players are all projected to go either on the draft’s first day or early day two. Pittsburgh has not cast a super wide net on wide receiver, opting to either meet with guys with speed or tough slot receivers that can add that grit to Arthur Smith’s offense.

Worthy could be another player to watch, but with a 40-time like that, even with the concerns about his weight, teams will be dazzled and love what he can do on the field. It’s rare speed, and Worthy’s status as a playmaker is only being cemented further.