Chris Johnson's 40 time record still stands

Chris Johnson's 40 time record still stands
February 24, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Chris Johnson probably held his breath just a little bit on Sunday.

Johnson, of course, holds the NFL Combine record for his time in the 40-yard dash. Johnson ran a 4.24 in 2008 and the record has stood.

But it almost went down on Sunday.

Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin, an Olympic track and field athlete, ran a 4.27. Goodwin's unofficial time was 4.25, so he got mighty close to Johnson and a few even timed him below 4.20.

Tavon Austin, a wideout from West Virginia, ran the second-fastest 40 time with a 4.34. He tied Texas A&M's Ryan Swope and Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb. McCalebb's unofficial time was a 4.21, which Johnson took notice of. He even tweeted "Can't lie that one scared me." And shortly after that tweeted "That 4.21 was trickery." Indeed, it was.

Goodwin had a good showing in many events, which was expected but he didn't even have the best broad jump. That went to Justin Hunter from Tennessee.

Cordarrelle Patterson, also from Tennessee, didn't do anything to hurt his chances of being the first wide receiver taken. He ran a 4.42 40 time, had a 37-inch vertical jump and a 128-inch broad jump.

Swope ended up having a really solid Combine. Aside from his 4.34 40 time, the A&M receiver had a 37-inch vertical and a 125-inch broad.

DeAndre Hopkins, from Clemson, had a disappointing 4.57 time in the 40 but was apparently impressive in the receiver drills, which isn't a surprise. He might have the best hands in the draft.

Denard Robinson, the QB turned WR from Michigan, ran a fast 40 time (4.43), which will help teams view him as a wideout a little more.