The 40-yard dash is the primary measurement NFL teams use to gauge a player’s speed. The opportunity to see a player display that speed in an actual game is rare and only occurs on long plays such as touchdown passes and breakaway runs. The NFL tracks player speeds using miles per hour in all such occurrences throughout the season with its Next Gen Stats. Through the 2021-2022 NFL season, the top five fastest runners include some not-so-surprising names, none of them are named Tyreek Hill, all of them topped the 21-MPH mark, and the fastest player holds three of the five top speeds.
5. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts (Week 8) — 21.83 MPH
In Week 8, Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor was clocked at 21.83 MPH, making him the NFL’s fifth-fastest runner in 2021.
4. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts (Week 9) — 22.05 MPH
Jonathan Taylor also holds the fourth-fastest speed of the 2021-2022 season. In a 78-yard touchdown run in Week 9, he hit 22.05 MPH.
3. Patrick Surtain, CB, Denver Broncos (Week 12) — 22.07 MPH
Denver Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain was clocked at 22.07 MPH in Week 12. This is the fastest speed by a defensive player as a ball-carrier in the past five seasons, according to Next Gen Stats.
2. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers (Week 11) — 22.09 MPH
Marquez Valdes-Scantling reached a top speed of 22.09 MPH in Week 11 of the 2021-2022 NFL season. He did so on a 57-yard reception from Tua Tagovailoa.
1. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts (Week 15) — 22.13 MPH
Coming in as the fastest speed of the 2021-2022 NFL season is Jonathan Taylor, who reached a top speed of 22.13 MPH on a 67-yard touchdown run.
All stats courtesy of NFL Next Gen Stats.