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Who Is The Fastest Player In The NFL? (2022 season & more)

Speed is an important factor in the NFL. Taking the average speed and the fastest player stats as a parameter is an effective way for rookies to figure out a training goal.

The NFL has been famous for some of the fastest athletes on the planet and its Next Gen stats prove it. The dashboard has been tracking ball carrier speed since 2016 and it is a reliable source of information for determining a player’s top speed.

Let’s take a look at the latest data of NFL’s Next Gen Stats for the 2022 season and see who wins the title of fastest NFL player!

Key Takeaways

  • This 2022 season, Devin Duverney is the fastest ball carrier with a speed of 21.6 mph – a breaking record of last year last year’s fastest speed of 21.52 mph by Melvin Gordon. 
  • Despite common belief, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill is no longer the speediest player in the league. With regards to 2022 Next Gen Stats, Hill is not even in the top 20. He is, however, still the fastest player of all time since the tracking of Next Gen Stats.
  • The fastest NFL player ever is Bob Hayes with the world record for running a 70-yard in 6.9 seconds.

Devin Duverney As The Fastest NFL Player In 2022

Devin Duvernay broke the record on a 103-yard kickoff return touchdown during the first quarter of a Baltimore-Miami faceoff. With a speed of 21.6 mph, he has outshined last year’s record of 21.52 mph by Melvin Gordon and earned himself the title of the fastest ball carrier this season so far. Devin Duverney was drafted by the Ravens in 2020. [1]

Devin Duvernay / Image source: Draftkings Nation

The Ravens wanted Duvernay. They had feared that the Patriots would select Devin Duverney over Devin Asiasi in the third round. Yet finally, the Ravens still got Duverney, and they have been obsessed about having him since then.

Duvernay has been one of Baltimore’s top weapons in the young season when making impacts as both a wide receiver and returner. The promising NFL player led the league in punt return average (13.9) and was also a dangerous kickoff returner. 


Bob Hayes As The Fastest NFL Player Ever

The Next Gen Stats are the official documents from NFL for tracking NFL stats. Nevertheless, it was not until 2016 that this information dashboard was introduced. Therefore the speediest NFL player since 2016 that is ever recorded is Tyreek Hill. He achieved a top speed of 23.24 mph on a kickoff return against the Houston Texans in the 2016 season.  

Tyreek Hill / Image source: Miami Herald

Yet Tyreek Hill is not the one with the speediest record in NFL history. The gold medal goes to the legendary Bob Hayes. He was a wide receiver for Dallas Cowboys (1965-1974) and the San Francisco 49ers (1975).

Robert (Bob) Hayes / Image source: The Jaxson

The player was so well known for his blazing speed that he was given the nickname “Bullet Bob”. Hayes earned an Olympic gold medalist sprinter before becoming an American football wide receiver in the NFL and spending 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He is the only athlete in history to win both an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring.

He was honored in the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2001 and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in January 2009.

Top 10 Fastest NFL Players in 2022

Here are the top 10 fastest NFL players according to this year’s Next Gen Stats.

1Devin DuvernayBaltimore RavensWR21.6 mph
2Tariq WoolenSeattle SeahawksDB21.58 mph
3Rashod Bateman Baltimore RavensWR21.48 mph
4Chase Claypool Pittsburgh SteelersWR21.46 mph
5Saquon Barkley New York Giants RB21.11 mph
6Tony PollardDallas CowboysRB21.11 mph
7Joe Mixon Cincinnati BengalsRB21.11 mph
8Amon-Ra Detroit LionsWR21.09 mph
9St. Brown Kavontae TurpinDallas CowboysWR21.09 mph
10Michael Jackson Seattle Seahawks CB21.05 mph

Top 10 Fastest NFL Players Ever

1Robert Hayes (Bob Hayes)Dallas Cowboys (1965-1974)San Francisco 49ers (1975)WR70-yard dash in 6.9 seconds.
2Renaldo NehemiahSan Francisco 49ers (1982-1984)WR40-yard dash in 4.1 seconds
3Bo JacksonLos Angeles Raiders (1987–1990)RB40-yard dash in 4.12 seconds
4Darrell GreenWashington RedskinsCB40-yard dash in 4.15 seconds
5Ike TaylorPittsburgh Steelers (2003–present)CBunofficially running a 40-yard dash in 4.18 seconds
6Deion SandersAtlanta Falcons (1989–1993)San Francisco 49ers (1994)Dallas Cowboys (1995–1999)Washington Redskins (2000)Baltimore Ravens (2004–2005)CB40-yard dash in 4.21 seconds
7Willie GaultChicago Bears (1983-1987)Los Angeles Raiders (1988-1993)WR100-yard dash in 10 seconds
8Cliff BranchOakland / Los Angeles Raiders (1972-1985)WR100 meters in 10.24 seconds
9Chris JohnsonTennessee Titans (2008–present)RB40-yard dash in 4.24 seconds
10Trindon HollidayDallas CowboysWR40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds


Wrapping Up

The NFL is home to many fast players, yet these are the 10 fastest players in the 2022 season and of all time. These guys hold the record for running the 40-yard dash at 4.3 at least and better – which isn’t an easy target to achieve.

The above list includes famous names such as young star-performer Devin Duverney, the speedy runner Tyreek Hill, and the running athlete Bo Jackson – a legendary that may never be beaten when it comes down to pure speed off the line of scrimmage.


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