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Wide receivers Tavon Austin, Marquise Goodwin post eye-catching 40 times at NFL Scouting Combine

Tavon Austin (Chris Jackson/Associated Press)

Update, 1:35 p.m.: Marquise Goodwin was officially timed at 4.27 seconds; Tavon Austin’s official time was 4.34 seconds.

Original post: INDIANAPOLIS — Wide receivers Tavon Austin of West Virginia and Marquise Goodwin of Texas posted eye-catching 40-yard dash times Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Each was timed unofficially at 4.25 seconds in his first attempt.

That is just behind the fastest time in scouting combine history, 4.24 seconds by running back Chris Johnson, now with the Tennessee Titans, in 2008.

Austin and Goodwin each ran a slower time in his second attempt. Official times are to be released later.

Former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt, now an analyst for the NFL’s Web site, wrote on Twitter that he has hand-timed players’ 40-yard dashes since 1976 and never has seen two players run so fast back to back.

Austin is regarded as one of the top wideouts available in the draft and his sprint time could cement his status as a likely first-round pick in April.

Goodwin is a track-and-field standout who competed in the Olympics last year in the long jump, finishing 10th.


Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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