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Are 6 NFL players faster than John Ross?

ESPN ranked the top 12 fastest guys in the NFL, but the Bengals’ speedy received didn’t come in first place.

Since the 2017 NFL Combine, John Ross has received significant attention for his incredible speed.

The Cincinnati Bengals Round 1 draft pick broke the NFL Combine 40-yard dash record, recording a 4.22 second speed in the event. Previously, Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson’s 4.24 second time held the record.

Though the event isn’t a decisive way to determine the NFL’s fastest player, Ross has essentially taken on that title as a result of his blazing speed displayed in Indianapolis.

But, ESPN's Matt Bowen sees it differently. He ranked the top 12 fastest players in the NFL and Ross came in at No. 7. As for Johnson, he didn't even make the list. Bowen turned to the tape to determine players' speed, in addition to evaluating their times in the 40-yard dash, running 100 meters and 200 meters.

7. John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Track times: 10.66 (100), 21.56 (200) | 40 time: 4.22

Ross blew up the 40-yard dash this year at the NFL combine with a record time of 4.22. That's incredible speed. And his lateral agility to set up defensive backs at the line makes that speed even more potent. Check out the video below and the release Ross puts on USC's Adoree' Jackson. Remember, Jackson is also a first-round pick and he ran in the low 4.4s. This cat can play. But Ross shakes him here, gets the Titans' rookie back on his heels and bursts down the field for a big-time play. Ross' stopwatch speed is no joke. We know that. But he's much more than just a track guy running in pads.

Everything Bowen writes about Ross is true. His speed is incredible, but, he’s much more than just a speedster. So, how did six players make the list ahead of Ross and who are they?

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill ranked first with a 10.19 second 100 meter time, 20.14 second 200 meter time and 4.24 second 40-yard dash time. On top of all of that, in November 2016, Hill was recorded running 22.77 miles per hour during a Chiefs vs Broncos game. He scored an 86-yard touchdown on the play. That's some pretty incredible speed and we'll need to wait for Ross to get on an NFL field to see if he can best Hill. NFL players have their speed tracked by a chip placed in their shoulder pads during games, so his speed will continue to be measured once with the Bengals.

Marquise Goodwin (San Francisco 49ers), J.J. Nelson (Cardinals), Ted Ginn Jr. (New Orleans Saints), DeSean Jackson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Jakeem Grant (Miami Dolphins) are the players who rank second through sixth, respectively, all ahead of Ross.

What do you think of Bowen’s assessment of the NFL’s top speedsters?