Fastest Offensive Linemen 40 Times (NFL Combine History)
I’ve always loved the NFL Combine. A series of events to evaluate the physical characteristics of the best college football players each year. While it’s debatable whether this whole event is actually valuable (why we’re still doing 225 rep tests, especially with Wide Receivers, I’ll never know), my fascination with it has never waned.
When I trained players for the combine, one of the things we would always do is look at previous years’ results to see how we stacked up. It was a great tool for goal-setting and motivation.
I basically did the same thing for this guide. I went through all the previous NFL Combines to find the top Offensive Linemen 40 times of all time.
Note: These are the official NFL Combine times from NFL.com. Some resources online will also include pro day times, but because there are so many other variables (surface, weather, etc) I’ve stuck strictly to the official times from Indianapolis.
Best Offensive Line NFL Combine 40 Times All-Time
|Fastest Offensive Line Times in NFL Combine History|
|Terron Armstead||University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff||4.71||2013|
|Allen Barbre||Missouri Southern||4.88||2007|
Year By Year Top Offensive Linemen 40 Times
Here is a breakdown of the top 5 40 times from each year going back to 2012. In addition to the top 5 each year, I’ve also included any Offensive Lineman that has run a 5.00 flat or faster. (There was an explosion of a dozen guys who did this in 2022)
Related –> NFL Combine Averages By Position at 2023 NFL Combine
|Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2023|
Related –> NFL Combine Averages By Position at 2022 NFL Combine
|Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2022|
|Kellen Diesch||Arizona State||4.89||2022|
|Trevor Penning||Northern Iowa||4.89||2022|
|Abraham Lucas||Washington State||4.92||2022|
|Ikem Ekwonu||N.C. State||4.93||2022|
|Zach Tom||Wake Forest||4.94||2022|
|Charles Cross||Mississippi State||4.95||2022|
|Zach Thomas||San Diego State||4.96||2022|
|Braxton Jones||Southern Utah State||4.97||2022|
|Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2020|
|Danny Pinter||Ball State||4.91||2020|
|Ezra Cleveland||Boise State||4.93||2020|
|Terence Steele||Texas Tech||5.03||2020|
|Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2019|
|Erik McCoy||Texas A&M||4.89||2019|
|Chris Lindstrom||Boston College||4.91||2019|
|Garrett Bradbury||N.C. State||4.92||2019|
|Andre Dillard||Washington State||4.96||2019|
|Sua Opeta||Weber State||5.02||2019|
|Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2018|
|Desmond Harrison||West Georgia||4.90||2018|
|Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2017|
|Jessamen Dunker||Tennessee State||4.98||2017|
|Forrest Lamp||Western Kentucky||5.00||2017|
|Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2016|
|Joe Thuney||N.C. State||4.95||2016|
|Jack Conklin||Michigan State||5.00||2016|
|Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2015|
|Laurence Gibson||Virginia Tech||5.04||2015|
|Terry Poole||San Diego State||5.09||2015|
|Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2014|
|Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2013|
|Terron Armstead||Univ of Arkansas at Pine Bluff||4.71||2013|
|Vinston Painter||Virginia Tech||4.95||2013|
|Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2012|
|Tom Compton||South Dakota||5.11||2012|
Does Running a Fast 40 at the Combine Lead To Success for an Offensive Lineman?
Running a fast 40 at the NFL Combine can lead to much hype and recognition, but does it directly translate to NFL success?
Well, maybe more than you might think.
You may assume that running a fast 40 time would most likely lead to success for positions like wide receiver or running back. However, when I focused on the all-time fastest 40s at each position, it’s actually the offensive line who has the highest correlation thus far.
Here’s what I found when I deep dived in the all-time best offensive lineman 40 times (not counting Rosenthal who just drafted in 2022).
3 of the top 10 were drafted in the top ten (Johnson, Lewan, Williams) with Johnson and Williams both taken 4th overall in their respective drafts.
Even more impressive, 6 of the top 10 (Armstead 4, Johnson 4, O’Neill 1, Wirfs 2, Lewan 3, Williams 10) have been selected to a total of 24 pro bowls! That is BY FAR the most I’ve come across at any position thus far. And, many of those guys are still active so that number is very likely only going to go up.
Finally, 6 of the top 10 have already played at least 9 years in the league. Again, a couple of the younger guys are still playing and have a good chance to get there as well.
Overall, it’s safe to say that the group of Offensive Linemen who have posted the best 40 times in combine history have had impressive careers in the NFL.
Keep in mind that not everyone that gets invited to NFL Combine actually runs a 40 at the Combine (I believe this is even more prevalent with quarterbacks). So, some players that potentially could have run extremely fast times don’t have an official time on the record.
On top of that, there are many players each year that would have put up fast times and had success at the NFL level that doesn’t receive an NFL Combine invite.
Other position groups I’ve broken down: Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends