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.