INDIANAPOLIS -- A pair of Big 12 wide receivers, West Virginia's Tavon Austin and Texas' Marquise Goodwin, kicked off Sunday morning workouts at the combine with unofficial 4.25 times in the 40-yard dash. When the "official" numbers were released a few hours later, Goodwin was credited with a 4.27 and Austin at 4.34.
Both clockings fell just shy of the best time since 2000, a 4.21 by Trindon Holliday in 2010, according to NFLDraftScout.com ratings. (The NFL credits Chris Johnson as the record holder at 4.24.) True official results from this week's combine aren't provided to NFL teams until a week or two following the event.
Whatever the final numbers prove to be, fast is fast -- and some on hand recorded even better times for the two wide receivers Sunday. Gil Brandt of NFL.com and Mike Mayock of NFL Network indicated Goodwin was timed in under 4.2 seconds.
Mayock, via NFL Network, cited multiple scouts from the same team who clocked Goodwin at 4.19. Brandt said he hand-timed both players under 4.2 seconds. He had Goodwin's two attempts at 4.17 and 4.19. The variation is typical, which is why no time is truly "official."
Although he's considered "quicker than fast" by many evaluators, Austin showed he has the long speed as well. He is known for his good footwork and elusiveness, but Austin's blazing 40-yard dash time will only help his case to be a first-round pick. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash on his second try in the drill.
A former Olympian, Goodwin was expected to run a fast 40-yard dash, telling the media on Friday he had high expectations in the drill.
"One of the fastest times, if not the fastest," Goodwin said in his response to his goal in the 40-yard dash. "I want to run the fastest ever -- that's my goal. Chris Johnson has the record at 4.24. That's my goal."
Although Goodwin had just 26 catches as a senior, his athleticism could earn him second-round grades.