At the NFL scouting combine on Friday, Michigan cornerback DJ Turner ran the 40-yard dash in a blistering 4.26 seconds, making him one of the fastest people in history.
According to NFL Next Gen Stats, it is the fourth-fastest time in the 40 at the combine since 2003.
At the 2017 combine, wide receiver John Ross ran in 4.22 seconds, which is considered to be the fastest time ever. Kalon Barnes, a cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings, ran a 4.23 at the combine the year before.
The Wolverines’ Turner, who has been a two-year starter, was the fastest player in the first of two groups of defensive backs who worked out on the field on Friday. Turner decided not to run the second of the players’ 40-yard dashes during the combine workouts.
Turner was able to reach a speed of 23.07 mph during the current season, as determined by Michigan’s GPS tracking system.
Scouts Inc. has Turner ranked No. 155 among draft-eligible players, and ESPN NFL draft analyst Matt Miller has him ranked No. 5 among cornerbacks. Turner started 14 games for the Wolverines last season.
He had 36 tackles, 11 pass breakups, and an interception in the 2022 season. Turner started eight of his 13 2021 games and had two interceptions.