Fastest Tight End 40 Times in NFL Combine History


Fastest Tight End 40 Times NFL Combine

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 Tight Ends 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 Tight End NFL Combine 40 Times All-Time

Fastest Tight End Times in NFL Combine History
Player School Time Year
Vernon Davis Maryland 4.40 2006
Dorin Dickerson Pittsburgh 4.40 2010
Evan Engram Ole Miss 4.42 2017
James Hanna Oklahoma 4.49 2012
Albert Okwuegbunam Missouri 4.49 2020
Jared Cook South Carolina 4.50 2009
Noah Fant Iowa 4.50 2019
Chris Gragg Arkansas 4.50 2013
A.C. Leonard Tennessee State 4.50 2014
O.J. Howard Alabama 4.51 2017

Year By Year Top Tight End 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 Tight End that has under a 4.70.

Related –> NFL Combine Averages By Position at 2022 NFL Combine

2022

Fastest NFL Combine Tight End Times 2022
Player School Time Year
Chigoziem Okonkwo Maryland 4.52 2022
Jelani Woods Virginia 4.61 2022
Grant Calcaterra SMU 4.62 2022
Daniel Bellinger San Diego State 4.63 2022
Greg Dulcich UCLA 4.69 2022

2020

Fastest NFL Combine Tight End Times 2020
Player School Time Year
Albert Okwuegbunam Missouri 4.49 2020
Brycen Hopkins Purdue 4.66 2020
Stephen Sullivan LSU 4.66 2020
Cole Kmet Notre Dame 4.70 2020
Dalton Keene Virginia Tech 4.71 2020

2019

Fastest NFL Combine Tight End Times 2019
Player School Time Year
Noah Fant Iowa 4.50 2019
Caleb Wilson UCLA 4.56 2019
Josh Oliver San Jose State 4.63 2019
Irv Smith Alabama 4.63 2019
Foster Moreau LSU 4.66 2019
Kahale Warring San Diego State 4.67 2019

2018

Fastest NFL Combine Tight End Times 2018
Player School Time Year
Mike Gesicki Penn State 4.54 2018
Mark Andrews Oklahoma 4.67 2018
Hayden Hurst South Carolina 4.67 2018
Ian Thomas Indiana 4.74 2018
Jordan Thomas Mississippi State 4.74 2018

2017

Fastest NFL Combine Tight End Times 2017
Player School Time Year
Evan Engram Ole Miss 4.42 2017
O.J. Howard Alabama 4.51 2017
George Kittle Iowa 4.52 2017
Darrell Daniels Washington 4.55 2017
Temuchin Hodges Virginia Tech 4.57 2017
Gerald Everett South Alabama 4.62 2017
Jonnu Smith Florida International 4.62 2017
David Njoku Miami 4.64 2017
Cethan Carter Nebraska 4.68 2017
Jeremy Sprinkle Arkansas 4.69 2017

2016

Fastest NFL Combine Tight End Times 2016
Player School Time Year
Jerell Adams South Carolina 4.64 2016
Temarrick Hemingway South Carolina State 4.71 2016
Thomas Duarte UCLA 4.72 2016
Austin Hooper Stanford 4.72 2016
Ben Braunecker Harvard 4.73 2016

2015

Fastest NFL Combine Tight End Times 2015
Player School Time Year
MyCole Pruitt Southern Illinois 4.58 2015
Wes Saxton South Alabama 4.65 2015
Maxx Williams Minnesota 4.78 2015
Clive Walford Miami 4.79 2015
Blake Bell Oklahoma 4.80 2015

2014

Fastest NFL Combine Tight End Times 2014
Player School Time Year
A.C. Leonard Tennessee State 4.50 2014
Eric Ebron North Carolina 4.60 2014
Colt Lyerla Oregon 4.61 2014
Jace Amaro Texas Tech 4.74 2014
C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa 4.76 2014

2013

Fastest NFL Combine Tight End Times 2013
Player School Time Year
Chris Gragg Arkansas 4.50 2013
Matt Furstenburg Maryland 4.62 2013
Jake Stoneburner Ohio State 4.65 2013
Tyler Eifert Notre Dame 4.68 2013
Vance McDonald Rice 4.69 2013

2012

Fastest NFL Combine Tight End Times 2012
Player School Time Year
James Hanna Oklahoma 4.49 2012
Ladarius Green Louisiana-Lafayette 4.53 2012
Evan Rodriguez Temple 4.58 2012
Michael Egnew Missouri 4.62 2012
Drake Dunsmore Northwestern 4.64 2012

FAQ

Does Running a Fast 40 at the Combine Guarantee Success for a Tight End?

Running a fast 40 at the NFL Combine can lead to much hype and recognition, but does it directly translate to NFL success?

Guarantee is a strong word so, of course, running a fast 40 doesn’t guarantee success in the NFL. But, if you post an all-time best 40 time as a Tight End, your chances are actually really good.

I took a look at the careers of the top 10 Tight Ends all-time and here’s what I found.

4 of the 10 (Davis, Engram, Cook, Howard) were drafted in the first round, with the fastest time ever – Vernon Davis’s 4.40 in 2006 – helping him get picked 6th overall by the 49ers.

Only 1 of the top 10, A.C. Leonard of Tennessee State went undrafted. (He was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings)

Even more impressive, all 9 Tight Ends who were drafted played at least 3 years in the league.

Finally, 3 of the top 10 (Davis twice, Engram, Cook twice) have received Pro Bowl recognition which is more than any other position group I’ve broken down thus far.

Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that not everyone that gets invited to NFL Combine actually runs a 40 at the Combine. 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 done thus far: Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers

References

NFL.com

Bleacher Report

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