Ohio State Cornerback Cameron Brown Believes He's the Nation's Fastest Defensive Back and Can Run a 4.2-Second 40-Yard Dash

By Kevin Harrish on June 26, 2020 at 8:05 am
Cameron Brown.

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.

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.

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