In 2001, when Michael Vick entered the NFL, there was no question that he was the fastest at his position. In fact, it wasn't off the wall to think he was the fastest player the quarterback position had ever seen at that point.
But in 2013? While Vick still has great speed, he isn't exactly what he used to be. But judging by Vick's comments on Friday's installment of The Dan Patrick Show, he disagrees with those sentiments and feels he is still faster than any young quarterback in the NFL.
"These guys are young, and they're fast, and they're quick. The thing I do have is a very quick get-off, my burst, I really don't feel like there's a quarterback in the league that can beat me in the 40-yard dash," Vick said on the show. "If somebody wants to set something up, I'll be more than glad to accept the challenge. But, as of right now, I'm going to say me. But Colin Kaepernick is fast, and RG3 is fast as well."
It's feasible to think Vick could edge Kaepernick in a race, but still seems unlikely. Kaepernick is in peak physical condition, and ran an impressive 4.53 at his college combine, which he isn't far removed from. Kaepernick's also been clocked as low as 4.43, which would be a time that's as good as Vick could ever hope for at age 32.
Russell Wilson and his 4.48 time also deserve to be included in the conversation, even though Vick didn't mention him. And if you really want to dig deep, Jake Locker, Cam Newton, Joe Webb, Terrelle Pryor and Tyrod Taylor all deserve to be in the conversation at the very least.
As for Griffin, obviously, he could not win that race right now with his knee healing, but I doubt he would have a difficult time doing so if he was healthy. Vick ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the combine in 2001, which is the same time Griffin ran according to NFLDraftScout.com. Because Vick is 12 years removed from that time, it's hard to imagine he could equal that, or come close enough that it would edge Griffin. If Griffin's knee continues to progress as well as it has, it's not out of the question to think he could regain the form he showcased in his rookie season.
And while Vick can still extend plays and pick up yards when yards on the ground if need be, I'm not sure he has this in his repertoire anymore: