Falcons pick Kendall Sheffield was college football's fastest player in 2018

Breaking down the Atlanta Falcons' selection of Kendall Sheffield

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons didn't just add a player with speed in Kendall Sheffield, they got the fastest player in college football in 2018.


Chase Goodbread of NFL.com ranked Sheffield as the fastest player in college football when he ranked the top 18 players. Here's what he had to say about Atlanta's newest cornerback:

"The Buckeyes' two-sport star is next in line among the parade of NFL draft prospects from the Ohio State defensive backs room. But on the track, he's fearsome as well," Goodbread said. "Sheffield broke OSU's 60-meter dash indoor record earlier this year with a time of 6.663 seconds. That's the fastest 60 time of any player listed here. The former Alabama player, who had a one-year stop in junior college in between, broke up nine passes last season. That was the second-most on the team to Denzel Ward, who was selected fourth overall by the Cleveland Browns in this year's draft. Word from the OSU staff is that Sheffield is every bit as fast as Ward, who tied for the fastest 40-yard-dash time (4.32) of anyone at the NFL Scouting Combine this year."

Since Dan Quinn arrived in Atlanta, adding players with speed and physicality has been a priority on defense. In Quinn's scheme, he wants his players to fly around to the ball, exactly what Sheffield can do.

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