If you didn’t think it’d be possible for a guy to attract a lot of attention at one of the NFL’s Regional Combines––a new-ish tradition around the league––you’d be dead wrong. Small-school WR Wendall Williams (University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky) just wowed everyone at the regional combine this afternoon in Minnesota.
Reportedly, the 5’10″/185-pound Williams ran a lightning-fast 4.19 40-yard dash, and had a 45.0-inch vertical leap. His 40-time beats the Combine-record 4.24 that Chris Johnson ran ahead of the 2008 NFL Draft. While the 4.19 was timed by hand (the laser timed it official at 4.32-seconds), it still doesn’t take away from the fact it’s more than enough to catch the scouts’ attention.
And Twitter was ablaze shortly afterwards:
— Janel Klein (@JanelKlein) March 5, 2016
— NFL Draft Blitz (@NFLDraftBlitz) March 5, 2016
Here are more highlights from Wendall Williams the Syracuse native and the 4.19 forty runner from U of Cumberlands https://t.co/7bl9W7zNIR
— NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) March 5, 2016
WR-Wendall Williams (Cumberlands) 4.19
QB-Matthew Shiltz (Butler) 4.60
RB-Dejuan Wright (Wisc.) 4.63
OL Jacob Flores (Dartmouth) 5.11
— NFLRegionalCombines (@NFLRegCom) March 5, 2016
Wendall Williams runs 4.19-second 40 at regional combine https://t.co/ecvpa53Csq
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 5, 2016
This combine performance could easily lift Mr. Williams from unknown small-school player to a player who could potentially be drafted very late in the seven-round NFL Draft at the end of April. At the very least, he’ll get a handful of calls from teams following the completion of the draft, and have a shot at making a 53-man roster this summer.
Photo: UC Athletics’ official Twitter account