KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Mecole Hardman is probably faster than 99% of players in the NFL.
Tyreek Hill happens to be in the 1%.
The two Chiefs wide receivers have traded barbs about their speed ever since Hardman was chosen in the second round of last year's draft. Hardman and Hill both have world-class speed — that much was never in question — but just who was the fastest man in Kansas City wasn't settled until the two lined up in the team's indoor facility this past week.
Hill won easily. Hardman copped to it on social media with a sad-face emoji.
“Every day we find ways to better ourselves,” Hill said in a social media posting. “Really enjoyed the competition level and the way we push each other. It's all love.”
The real winners, though, are probably the Super Bowl champs. Throw in veteran Sammy Watkins, rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and even tight end Travis Kelce, and the Chiefs just might have the fleetest group of skill position players in a league that has grown increasingly dependent on speed.
“The Tyreek and Mecole race, I mean, both the guys are super fast. I'm just lucky to have both of them,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said during a break from training camp meetings and workouts this week.
“Tyreek got the first one," Mahomes said with a smile, "but I'm going to try to keep them from racing anymore. I'd rather them just run down the sidelines scoring touchdowns during the game week.”