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John Ross Breaks Chris Johnson's 40 Record at NFL Combine


INDIANAPOLIS – John Ross had his sights set on Chris Johnson's NFL Combine record in the 40-yard dash.

Here on Saturday, he broke it.

The speedy Washington receiver ran the 40-yard dash in 4.22 seconds at Lucas Oil Stadium, breaking the event record previously held by the former Titans running back.

Johnson, who ran the 40 in 4.24 and was then picked by the Titans in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, sent a message via Twitter not long after the result became official.

Johnson tweeted to Ross: Congrats.

The 5-foot-10, 188-pound Ross told reporters Friday that he was gunning for the record.

"I'm definitely going to go for it," Ross said.

Everyone knew the 5-foot-10, 188 could fly. And he had a big year in 2016, recording 81 catches for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns. He's also a talented and elusive returner.

"I feel like I could have run faster, just because I cramped up at the end,'' Ross told NFL Network after breaking the mark.

Ross did not run the 40 a second time because of cramps.

On Friday, Ross was asked what makes him stand out from other receivers in the 2017 draft class.

Clemson's Mike Williams and Western Michigan's Corey Davis entered the NFL Combine ranked No.1 and No.2, respectively, ahead of Ross.

"I think my speed, I think there's a difference in speed (between me and the other receivers),'' said Ross, who has met with the Titans, and a bunch of other teams here this week. "I think that's where I stand out the most from the other receivers in this class. I know Mike can also be a deep threat, but he is more of a bigger guy. Corey Davis is a complete guy also. But I just think I am faster than those guys and I think that shows up more."

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