One guy thinks former FSU football wide receiver Kermit Whitfield will challenge Chris Johnson’s 40 time record (4.24) time at the NFL Combine.
NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks Whitfield is one of 10 players that could break Chris Johnson’s record 40 time at the NFL Combine this year:
"Whitfield has world-class speed. He set the Florida high school state record in the 100 meters with a time of 10.21 seconds. He should run the 40 in the low 4.3s and has a chance to potentially sneak into the upper 4.2s."
It should be noted that Jeremiah thought former FSU standout Jalen Ramsey had a small shot to best Johnson’s 40 time at last years NFL Combine as well. Ramsey ultimately ran a best of 4.41
I would say that Whitfield has a much higher chance of besting Johnson’s record when compared to Ramsey. Ramsey’s fastest documented time in the 100 meter dash was 10.6 with Whitfield running a 10.15 according to his Twitter account.
Whitfield ran a documented 40 time of 4.37 in high school. Is it possible for him to have knocked off over a tenth of a second over four years?
Yes and no.
Whitfield has put on a bit of size/weight in his four years with FSU football. The added muscle could have slowed him down a bit. However, he wasn’t actively training to run the 40 yard dash either.
He’s been training at the ASPI Training Facility in Tampa, Florida, to prepare for the upcoming NFL Combine.
In fact, he was working on his 40 time in January BEFORE he actually got his NFL Combine invitation.
That boy hungry, and with over three months to practice for one single event, he may very well get close to pulling it off. How much would you bet that Whitfield will run a sub 4.3 time?