NFL Combine: Xavier Worthy sets 40-yard dash record of 4.21 seconds

Former Texas Longhorns receiver Xavier Worthy is the fastest guy an NFL scouting group has ever seen.

He clocked a blistering time of 4.21 seconds on his second attempt, besting John Ross III's record from 2017 by 0.01 second. Worthy reached 24.21 mph, according to the Next generation statistics.

The historic run came after the 20-year-old opened with a 4.25 lap to beat anyone else in the field, and his 10-yard dash split of 1.45 seconds was the fastest split of the weekend. His second run was initially measured at 4.22 but was updated one-hundredth of a second faster when it became official.

It was right to go for it again:

Here's how Worthy looked compared to Bruce, the former University of Washington wide receiver, when he set the record:

Ross' draft stock got a big boost after the combine, and the Cincinnati Bengals selected him ninth overall in the 2017 draft. He went on to have an abbreviated career, retiring last season after suffering multiple injuries. He recorded 62 receptions for 957 yards with 11 touchdowns throughout his career with the Bengals and New York Giants.

For Worthy, attention was pouring in even before he made the record. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and defensive end Charles Omenihu took to social media to express awe at his first round:

The back-to-back Super Bowl champions will have the last pick in the first round of this year's draft, but they weren't the only ones giving props.

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DeSean Jackson, the former longtime NFL receiver, ran a fast 4.35 seconds at his combine, while Miami Dolphins star Tyreek Hill ran a 4.29 at his pro day. Hill and Jackson's reactions work together to prove that all you can really say in response to a tour like Worthy's is some variation of “sheesh” or “crazy.”

This past season for Texas, Worthy posted 75 receptions for 1,014 yards and five touchdowns en route to a Big 12 title and the team's first College Football Playoff appearance. He will be a name to keep an eye on in the first round of this year's draft, which takes place on April 25.

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