Which NFL teams have shown the most interest in Baylor corner Kalon “Boogie” Barnes, the fastest player in the draft?

The New Orleans Saints had a recent private workout for Kalon Barnes, who has had multiple virtual meetings.

When you’re the fastest player in the NFL Draft, NFL teams line up to meet for visits, private workouts, and virtual meetings. That led to a busy schedule for Baylor cornerback Kalon “Boogie” Barnes after running the 40-yard dash in 4.23 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The New Orleans Saints had a recent private workout for Barnes, who has had multiple virtual meetings, including the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Chargers, and official visits with the Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, and Seattle Seahawks, according to league sources.

Barnes previously met with the Saints at Baylor along with Baylor wide receiver Tyquan Thornton.

Kalon Barnes and his intriguing speed

As one NFL scout succinctly put it, “You can’t teach that kind of speed, and that guy can really run and his film is good.”

Barnes ran the fastest time this year at the Combine and the second-fastest in NFL history. He was just behind NFL wide receiver John Ross’ 4.22 clocking five years ago. He is the fastest defensive back in the history of the Combine, even better than Deion Sanders.

“When it actually happened, I knew it would be a fast time,” Barnes told Pro Football Network. “Seeing the 4.2, that’s what I’ve been striving for, trying to get that time. When I was 4.23 and that it was setting a record, it was fun to see. It was exciting. I knew I was going to run a fast time, but actually doing it after putting the work into it the last few months felt good. Most people say I’m a track guy, but I’m trying to show I’m a football guy.”

As a 10-game starter last season, Barnes finished with 23 tackles, 1 interception, 5 pass breakups, and a fumble recovery.

A two-time Texas state 100-meter and 200-meter champion, Barnes owns the Texas high school 100-meter record with a 10.22 time to earn a gold medal at the state meet. He also earned a gold medal in the 200 meters with a 21.28 time.

Barnes won the 2017 Adidas Dream 100 meters in 10.34 seconds before choosing Baylor over Georgia, Kansas State, Missouri, TCU, Texas, and Texas A&M.

At 5’11 1/2″, 183 pounds, Barnes has speed to burn. And he showed it on the Baylor track team.

“My training gave me an edge, and that’s what I hoped for when I run,” Barnes said. “I took it as track training to get out to a certain point. I just wanted to run fast and do well in the drills. It’s definitely something I’ve been shooting for since I started playing football. I still have some things I can work on to be a complete cornerback.

“In the NFL, everybody is bigger and faster and knows a little bit more. That’s what my dad always told me about competition. It just gets better and better.”

East-West Shrine alum

The East-West Shrine Bowl all-star game was a strong proving ground for Barnes.

He also got to network with multiple NFL teams before going to the Combine and meeting with the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, and Carolina Panthers informally, in addition to the several formal meetings.

“They’re going to get somebody really coachable and willing to get better at everything,” Barnes said. “I’m willing to play any position, special teams, anything they need me to do. I just want to get better.

“Most people don’t know I’m a real quiet dude. I stay to myself. I’m a quiet, laid-back person. Once I get used to being around everybody, I’ll open up. I just try to stay as calm as possible in the process.”

Aaron Wilson is the NFL Insider for Pro Football Network. Follow him on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL.