The Internet is abuzz with 4.27 ... as in the 40-yard dash time posted Sunday by Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, the fastest 40 time at the NFL Combine since Chris Johnson's record-setting 4.24 in 2008.
We only know this because now the NFL Combine is a big media attraction, a far cry from just an organized scouting workout when it was first held in Indianapolis in the early 1990s. The event is of monster importance to the 32 NFL teams that must make critical decisions based on the tests and evaluations performed during the weeklong tryouts. Every sprint, every shuffle, every vertical leap, every Wonderlic exam and every drug test will be scrutinized and dissected to its finest detail. As for the potential draftees, one bad stumble or a slow 40 time could end up costing millions of dollars.
There are those who came to Indy as relative unknowns but walked away as can't-miss prospects after an out-of-this-world type of workout. Sometimes these test results could be revelations, but at other times they were merely deceiving. Sometimes a team uncovered a gem, at other times it ended up with a workout warrior whose pure speed/strength/smarts turned out to be of no real value on the football field.
Regardless of how they turned out as pros, these are our Top 10 NFL Combine Performers of All Time.