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Marquise Goodwin stuns at NFL Scouting Combine

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chris Johnson can rest easy knowing his NFL Scouting Combine record is safe.

West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin and Texas wideout Marquise Goodwin put on a show Sunday morning in the 40-yard dash, coming within striking distance of breaking Johnson's record time from 2008.

Fastest 40-yard dashes at NFL Scouting Combine since 2002
Player
Pos.
School
Year
Time
RB
East Carolina
2008
4.24
Marquise Goodwin
WR
Texas
2013
4.27
Demarcus Van Dyke
CB
Miami (Fla.)
2011
4.28
WR
Clemson
2010
4.28
D. Rodgers-Cromartie
CB
Tennessee State
2008
4.29

Goodwin posted an official time of 4.27 seconds, and Austin clocked in at 4.34. Goodwin's time fell a hair short of the 4.24 Johnson posted before being drafted by the Tennessee Titans. Texas A&M's Ryan Swope matched Austin's 4.34 time.

The 5-foot-9, 174-pound Austin was a sensation on WVU's pass-based spread offense last season, and NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk called him "Percy Harvin and Wes Welker wrapped into one."

Austin also labeled himself "the all-around best player in the draft," but he clearly has competition for the fastest. Goodwin, a two-time Texas Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year, showed the type of speed that could entice NFL teams to take a chance on him at the 2013 NFL Draft.

TCU wideout Josh Boyce posted an official time of 4.38. We promise you this group's speed has scouts melting.

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