Fastest Players in the NFL Today

There is an ever growing trend that is going around in the NFL today, and it is speed. These men can jump 40 inches, broad jump over 140 inches and run their 40 laser time in under 4.3 seconds and the NFL is finding more players that can do it. With extensive dieting and training, fans can expect this trend to continue to rise and even see more players that can move and react faster than ever. Speed is an ever-growing phenomenon that will be interesting to see grow. Here are the top fastest players in the NFL in 2016, ranking from fast to fastest.

5. Ted Ginn JR.: Carolina Panthers

40 Laser Time: 4.28
100 Meter-Time: 10.50
2016 Top Speed: 22.44 MPH 

Ted Ginn JR has been regarded one of the fastest players in the league since the draft in 2007. He helped his team reach Super Bowl 50 by being a return specialist and a speedy receiver. In high school Ginn Jr. played as quarterback, receiver, defensive back and was a standout track athlete. In his junior year, he was the national champion in the 110-meter hurdles and in his senior year, he won the title in the 200 meters. He decided to put his track career on hold in his freshmen year at Ohio State University to focus on football. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.28 and reached 22.44 mph in-game speed, an NFL best.

4. Julio Jones: Atlanta Falcons

40 Laser Time: 4.39
100 Meter-Time: 11.13 [HS]
Shuttle: 4.25 Cone: 6.66

Even at 6’3″ and 220 LBS, Julio Jones has a 4.39s in 40-yard dash, which allows him to dominate game after game for the Falcons. Jones has been selected for three pro-bowls and in 2015, he led the league in receiving yards. He was a standout track athlete; winning state champion in the long jump, triple jump, high jump and has a personal best in the 100-meter dash, 11.3 seconds, which he achieved when he was only 19.

3. Patrick Peterson: Arizona Cardinals

40 Laser Time: 4.34
100 Meter Time: 10.2
Shuttle: 4.09 Cone: 6.58

Patrick Peterson can be considered one of the best corner-backs in the NFL today; as well as one of the premier return specialist of the game because of his speed alone. He’s made the Pro bowl all five of his years. With his combination of speed and high football IQ has earned him a place at the top of the league’s defensive place.

2. Antonio Brown: Pittsburgh Steelers

40 Laser Time: 4.48
100 Meter-Time: 10.54
Shuttle: 4.18 Cone: 6.98

Considered as an elite route runner and the most dangerous receiver in an open field, Antonio Brown is a superstar for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In high school, Brown was a 2-time state qualifier in the 100-meter dash and won the state title in the 4×100 meter relay team. Over the years, he was proved everybody in the NFL wrong who thinks he is a mediocre player.

1. Desean Jackson: Washington Redskins

40 Laser Time: 4.34
100 Meter-Time: 10,5 [HS]
Shuttle: 4.19 Cone: 6.82

It is no surprise to NFL fans that Desean Jackson is the NFL’s fastest man, based on pure in-game speed. Even though he was discounted when he let the Eagles for the Redskins, a lot of people think he is better now with the new start and Kirk Cousins isn’t afraid to let him fly. Jackson is known for his play-making ability and blistering speed. He’s been named to the Pro-Bowl three times and continues to fly past by defenders with his speed and quickness.

Is Drew Brees the Most Under-rated QB in NFL History?

Drews Brees is not the most underrated quarterback of all time, but he is on a short list of those who are not given their due. This article shares five men who are not given their due as Brees is, and the reader may choose the player they believe is simply not given enough credit. Fans of certain teams will find their man to be the one scorned the most, but the objective fan will find the trouble with the way players are perceived over the course of a career.

#1: Archie Manning

The other great Saints quarterback tops this list as he was a hall of famer on a bad team. Anyone who watched Archie Manning play will testify to his greatest even though the Saints were a terrible team. He persevered many times over, fought through injuries and built a career that took him to Canton. He hardly had a chance to win a Super Bowl, and his lack of playoff success is why those who do not respect him say he is not all that great.

#2: Terry Bradshaw

A four-time Super Bowl winner is on this list because he is not seen as the reason his teams won any titles. He was the man who handed the ball to Franco Harris or passed it to John Stallworth and Lynn Swann. He did not play on the Steel Curtain defense, and he was not the coach. Terry Bradshaw ends up with the short end of the stick because he was not a superstar as his teammates were. Anyone who loves football knows that Bradshaw is one of the best at his position in history, and the fans who discredit him are missing the point.

#3: Dan Fouts

Dan Fouts helmed one of the great offenses of all time. He threw to the man who some believe is the best tight end of all time in Kellen Winslow, and he was so productive that he became an analyst who broke down tape on offenses every week on TV. Dan Fouts is a hall of famer, but he did not go to or win a Super Bowl. His lack of postseason credibility stunts his case for greatness, but anyone who saw him play knows he was amongst the best.

#4: Warren Moon

Warren Moon threw for 70,000 yards in his career, and he won five Grey Cups in Canada. The Grey Cup is not familiar to American sports fans, but it is the trophy given to the winner of the CFL every season. He won five straight titles in Canada before coming to the NFL after going undrafted. He previously won the Rose Bowl at Washington, and he became the black quarterback everyone wanted. He paved the way for men like Randall Cunningham, and he is not given any credit because he did not win a title. This is a travesty of justice that proves titles are overrated in some cases.

#5: Randall Cunningham

Randall Cunningham carried the Eagles and the Vikings to playoff success, but never a Super Bowl. He is the black quarterback modern players are modeled on, and he proved to everyone that his game could stand up to the scrutiny. He finished his career with the Super Bowl ring so many crave, and that left him with a sour taste in his mouth. He was left behind even though his career changed the NFL for the better.

Every man on this list deserves praise for his play, but these men cannot be held to account for a lack of titles. Each one was great even though he does not wear a Super Bowl ring.