Ohio State's had some speedy defensive backs the past few years.
In recent years, we've seen Marshon Lattimore clock an impressive 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Denzel Ward blaze a 4.32, and Kendall Sheffield break literal Division I track records.
And there's a chance current Buckeye Cameron Brown is faster than all of them.
Brown's always had a reputation for his speed, and he's certainly not lacking for confidence in that department. Ahead of what could be his first season as a starter, Brown's already letting everyone know just how speedy he believes he is, calling himself the fastest DB in college football.
Everybody keep asking me what my 40 is... Just know Im the fastest DB in college football— Cameron Brown (@luh_cam_) June 26, 2020
Brown said he ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash back in May, but was confident he could do better than that.
“I just came off a torn hamstring, so I think I was faster than that,” Brown told Eleven Warriors after the Big Ten championship game in December. “I tripped in it too, so you never know. I think I can run a 4.2.”
If that's true, we're not just talking fastest in the nation right now or even fastest Ohio State defensive back of late – based on combine numbers, he'd be the fastest Buckeye ever recorded and could contend for the fastest 40-yard dash time ever clocked at the NFL Combine.
Currently, Curtis Samuel and Parris Campbell share the Ohio State record for the fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine, each clocking a 4.31 in their respective years. If Brown can run a sub-4.3, that tops the Buckeye combine record.
More than that, if Brown truly can reach that 4.2-second mark, he'd have a faster 40-yard dash time than anyone else in NFL Combine history, topping John Ross' record 4.22-second mark.
Regardless, Brown is fast. And if he earns that starting spot opposite of Shaun Wade, we're going to see a lot of it this fall.