NFL Next Gen Stats simulates race between Tyreek Hill, DK Metcalf and Daniel Jones

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Who is the fastest man in the NFL?

NFL Next Gen Stats sought to answer this question yesterday, simulating a race between three players. One of those players is Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill, who has held the undisputed title as the fastest man in the NFL for a few years now.

NFL Next Gen Stats pit Hill against an interesting pair of newcomers that had standout plays recently. Seahawks WR DK Metcalf made a tremendous play showcasing blazing speed, chasing down an interception return from behind. The final player involved in this race is none other than Giants QB Daniel Jones, who had a breakaway TD in Week 7 but got tackled by the turf monster as he hit his top speed.

So how did the simulation work exactly? Here is how NFL Next Gen Stats explained it:

“Using each player’s speed and acceleration over the course of the fastest play of their careers, we found comparable starting points to simulate a 10-yard, 40-yard and 75-yard race.”

This is how they calculated the “comparable starting point” for the race:

“All three players were traveling approximately 12 MPH in a straight-line direction at our hypothetical starting point, and each player traveled at least 75 yards of distance before a sharp decline in speed.”

Without further ado, which of these three players wins the race? Of course, it’s Hill. Check out the simulation down below:

Perhaps my favorite part of all of this is that Hill’s play didn’t even come at a time where he had the football. It came from the play where he chased down Damien Williams from behind against the Vikings in 2019.

Fans may be clamoring for a race between Hill and Metcalf, but this tells the tale right here. Hill is still the fastest man in the NFL and Metcalf is a close second. It’ll take something really special to unseat Hill as such.

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