No, his nickname isn’t “Cheetah.” That’s reserved for Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Yet Bucs inside linebacker Devin White is out to prove he’s the fastest player in the NFL as he’s set to race three NFL receivers on Thursday.

The results of the virtual 40-yard dash between White, Minnesota receiver Justin Jefferson, Las Vegas receiver Henry Ruggs III and Kansas City receiver Mecole Hardman will be shown on Bleacher Report as part of a promotion by Bounty paper towels. Bounty’s long-time slogan is “the quicker picker upper.”

Given his fondness for horses, perhaps White’s nickname should be “Horsepower.” He ran a 4.42 at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2019. That time was actually faster than the 4.44 that Jefferson ran at the Combine last year. Jefferson and White were teammates at LSU.

“I was born for this,” White said in a video promoting the race. “I came out the womb the quickest. Them other boys in trouble.”

The fastest recorded time of the quartet of NFL runners is Ruggs. He blazed a 4.27 in the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis in 2019. Hardman ran a 4.33 official time at the Combine that year.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Captain Sly
28 days ago

My money would be on Hardmen but I wish Devin the best. Doesn’t mean that you’re not good but I just don’t need my LB trying to cover Julio Jones.

German Buc
Reply to  Captain Sly
28 days ago

Yeah, but what about covering Kyle Pitts?

ScottC543
28 days ago

Ask the WFT QB that was trying to get to the first down marker on the right sideline late in last year’s playoff game just how fast White is. Of course, he’ll have no idea because he never even saw White as he came out of nowhere to blast that poor QB into next season.

Last edited 28 days ago by ScottC543
Jonbuc
Reply to  ScottC543
28 days ago

Scotty my man…hate to break it to you…but White was out vs WFT due to Covid. It was a huge void…I’m quite sure Heineke would have had a much tougher time had White played. He wiggled away from Minter and others a few times…White would have lit him up.

Jonbuc
Reply to  Jonbuc
28 days ago

You might be thinking of when he leveled Derek Carr and almost bowled over Gruden in the process. Now that was glorious!

drdneast
28 days ago

This sounds like fun. I hope if they are getting paid some of it is going for a worthy cause.

chefboho
28 days ago

Devin ran a 4.37 40! That’s absolutely absurd for a man of that size. Dude is a physical freak!!

cozart
Reply to  chefboho
28 days ago

You peaked my interest enough that a went and downloaded the BR app to watch! Not sure how offical the times are but each player had lasers set up every 10 yards like the combine does?
Hardman’s 4.22 takes it but man Devin weighs as much as Hardman and Ruggs combined and still came in 3rd at 4.37. Beat out his old teammate Jefferson, he’s a beast of an athlete!

Horse
28 days ago

If he keeps on improving his past coverage he is going to be very good.