Fastest Offensive Linemen 40 Times (NFL Combine History)


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
Player School Time Year
Terron Armstead University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 4.71 2013
Lane Johnson Oklahoma 4.72 2013
Aviante Collins TCU 4.81 2017
Brian O’Neill Pittsburgh 4.82 2018
Bruce Campbell Maryland 4.85 2010
Tristan Wirfs Iowa 4.85 2020
Chris Chester Oklahoma 4.87 2006
Taylor Lewan Michigan 4.87 2014
Allen Barbre Missouri Southern 4.88 2007
Trent Williams Oklahoma 4.88 2010
Dare Rosenthal Kentucky 4.88 2022

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 2022 NFL Combine

2022

Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2022
Player School Time Year
Dare Rosenthal Kentucky 4.88 2022
Kellen Diesch Arizona State 4.89 2022
Chris Paul Tulsa 4.89 2022
Trevor Penning Northern Iowa 4.89 2022
Cam Jurgens Nebraska 4.92 2022
Abraham Lucas Washington State 4.92 2022
Ikem Ekwonu N.C. State 4.93 2022
Dylan Parham Memphis 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

2020

Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2020
Player School Time Year
Tristan Wirfs Iowa 4.85 2020
Danny Pinter Ball State 4.91 2020
Ezra Cleveland Boise State 4.93 2020
Jack Driscoll Auburn 5.02 2020
Terence Steele Texas Tech 5.03 2020

2019

Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2019
Player School Time Year
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

2018

Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2018
Player School Time Year
Brian O’Neill Pittsburgh 4.82 2018
Desmond Harrison West Georgia 4.90 2018
Kolton Miller UCLA 4.95 2018
Joe Noteboom TCU 4.96 2018
Connor Williams Texas 5.05 2018

2017

Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2017
Player School Time Year
Aviante Collins TCU 4.81 2017
Garett Bolles Utah 4.95 2017
Jessamen Dunker Tennessee State 4.98 2017
Forrest Lamp Western Kentucky 5.00 2017
Danny Isidora Miami 5.03 2017

2016

Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2016
Player School Time Year
Jason Spriggs Indiana 4.94 2016
Joe Thuney N.C. State 4.95 2016
Caleb Benenoch UCLA 4.98 2016
Jack Conklin Michigan State 5.00 2016
Jake Brendel UCLA 5.01 2016

2015

Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2015
Player School Time Year
Ali Marpet Hobart 4.98 2015
Jake Fisher Oregon 5.01 2015
Laurence Gibson Virginia Tech 5.04 2015
Brandon Scherff Iowa 5.05 2015
Terry Poole San Diego State 5.09 2015

2014

Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2014
Player School Time Year
Taylor Lewan Michigan 4.87 2014
Greg Robinson Auburn 4.92 2014
Trai Turner LSU 4.93 2014
Joel Bitonio Nevada 4.97 2014
Michael Schofield Michigan 5.01 2014

2013

Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2013
Player School Time Year
Terron Armstead Univ of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 4.71 2013
Lane Johnson Oklahoma 4.72 2013
Kyle Long Oregon 4.94 2013
Alvin Bailey Arkansas 4.95 2013
Vinston Painter Virginia Tech 4.95 2013
Brian Schwenke California 4.99 2013

2012

Fastest NFL Combine Offensive Lineman Times 2012
Player School Time Year
Donald Stephenson Oklahoma 4.94 2012
Matt Kalil USC 4.99 2012
Adam Gettis Iowa 5.00 2012
Desmond Wynn Rutgers 5.05 2012
Tom Compton South Dakota 5.11 2012

FAQ

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.

Final Thoughts

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

References

NFL.com

Bleacher Report

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