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Wendall Williams runs 4.19-second 40 at regional combine

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The NFL’s regional combines are set up to give small-school players a chance to show what they can do, and one small-school player made the whole league take notice today.

Wendall Williams, a wide receiver from the University of the Cumberlands, ran an incredible 4.19-second 40-yard dash at a regional combine today. That breaks the official Scouting Combine record of 4.24 seconds, set by Chris Johnson.

Williams also recorded a 45.0-inch vertical jump, which is tied for the best jump ever recorded at the regular Scouting Combine.

Those numbers are so shocking that they sound unbelievable at first. But Williams was a track and field star who won the NAIA national championship in the long jump and was fourth in the country in both the 100 meters and 200 meters, so there’s little doubt that he’s a phenomenal athlete.

He also put up phenomenal numbers on the football field: He was an NAIA All-American while averaging 30.5 yards per catch (with eight touchdowns), 32.4 yards per kickoff return (with three touchdowns), 23.5 yards per punt return (with one touchdown) and 17.6 yards per carry (with three touchdowns).

So can the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Williams play in the pros? It’s a huge jump to go from the NAIA to the NFL. But this is a young man who’s used to making huge jumps.

Photo via University of the Cumberlands.

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79 Responses to “Wendall Williams runs 4.19-second 40 at regional combine”
  1. thefatlazygamer says: Mar 5, 2016 6:00 PM

    Does he get the million dollars?

  2. tjacks7 says: Mar 5, 2016 6:00 PM

    How does this guy spend his entire career at The University of the Cumberlands? I don’t know where that is, but certainly there is a way to transfer from there to a bigger school somehow. This would be an awesome story if he makes it.

  3. fanofpft says: Mar 5, 2016 6:01 PM

    Maybe the pats should target him. Oh yeah Beelzebub is in old man get off my lawn mode over this.

  4. drake1937 says: Mar 5, 2016 6:01 PM

    Those numbers rock. If the slight DeSean Jackson can cut in the NFL, it sure sounds like this guy can too. Bet you he has always been the smallest guy on the field and as a result knows how to take care of himself….

  5. billclintonspetkraken says: Mar 5, 2016 6:02 PM

    Oh Al Davis, I know you’re shedding a tear right now…

  6. floratiotime says: Mar 5, 2016 6:02 PM

    Al Davis just rose from the dead and is demanding the Raiders draft this guy.

  7. kcchefs58 says: Mar 5, 2016 6:05 PM

    I’m glad someone broke that tool’s record.

  8. huh6016 says: Mar 5, 2016 6:06 PM

    Well Peyton Mannings game is at a NAIA level right now, so yes Wendall there is a chance….

  9. finchy74 says: Mar 5, 2016 6:12 PM

    4.19? DAYUM.

  10. billsbackto81 says: Mar 5, 2016 6:16 PM

    huh6016 says:
    Mar 5, 2016 6:06 PM

    Well Peyton Mannings game is at a NAIA level right now, so yes Wendall there is a chance….
    ———————————————————

    You mean the Peyton Manning that holds pretty much every NFL QB record and the owner of 2 SB rings. That guy?

  11. gadgetking2010 says: Mar 5, 2016 6:18 PM

    I hope he does better than Dri Archer…..

  12. gmoney52 says: Mar 5, 2016 6:19 PM

    The kid’s stock just sky rocketed

  13. jagsfan1 says: Mar 5, 2016 6:26 PM

    Not buying it at all…

    so a superhuman who CRUSHES an all time record and literally runs faster than any other college or pro football player ever timed is jus keepin’ it real at the U of Cumberbun or something..

    yeah ok

  14. mrba4775 says: Mar 5, 2016 6:27 PM

    I can see this young man becoming a member of the Cowboys aka Bob Hayes

  15. riflemanlax says: Mar 5, 2016 6:31 PM

    Whoever is in dire need of a kick returner should be paying attention.

  16. abanig says: Mar 5, 2016 6:38 PM

    He must have been really skinny coming out of high school or he had real bad problems off the field for him not to be playing at a major university.

  17. grogansheroes says: Mar 5, 2016 6:39 PM

    Isn’t Cumberland the school Georgia Tech beat 222-0 many years ago?

  18. ohand16 says: Mar 5, 2016 6:44 PM

    billsback – yeah. That guy

  19. azjohnny says: Mar 5, 2016 6:45 PM

    Word has it he ran the 4.19 time was by a hand held. It will probably translate to about a 4.3 official time

  20. upby3 says: Mar 5, 2016 6:50 PM

    What school did Khalil Mack to?

  21. tonebones says: Mar 5, 2016 6:51 PM

    I bet isn’t wasn’t faster than Renaldo Nehemiah.

  22. mackcarrington says: Mar 5, 2016 6:54 PM

    So why wasn’t he recruited by a major college program?

  23. realdealsteel says: Mar 5, 2016 6:57 PM

    My Steelers need a guy like that on our return team.

  24. skinsrock says: Mar 5, 2016 6:59 PM

    I had to look it up cause this seemed super fast… According to the internet Darrell Green many times had been clocked at 4.09.

  25. hosmachine says: Mar 5, 2016 7:01 PM

    Must have been the yeezes

  26. raymondtx says: Mar 5, 2016 7:18 PM

    I looked up his highlights…You know it is a little school when you see cars parked behind the end zone.

  27. skittlesareyum says: Mar 5, 2016 7:25 PM

    This was laser timed right? I hope so because any handheld time time is useless.

  28. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says: Mar 5, 2016 7:25 PM

    Did anyone notice his teams nickname?

    Look closely, he may be playing for the same name this season!

  29. jagsfan1 says: Mar 5, 2016 7:27 PM

    skinsrock says:
    Mar 5, 2016 6:59 PM
    I had to look it up cause this seemed super fast… According to the internet Darrell Green many times had been clocked at 4.09.

    ACCORDING TO THE INTERNET!!!

  30. captainwhodat says: Mar 5, 2016 7:27 PM

    …will be drafted…can’t coach speed

  31. mkbane says: Mar 5, 2016 7:44 PM

    In order to qualify for the $1 million he had to be wearing Adidas footwear when he broke the record. Hope he was, that’s a life changing event for the young man if so.

  32. shogunassasin30 says: Mar 5, 2016 7:47 PM

    “40 yard dash times done mean anything.” Until it does…

  33. JSpicoli says: Mar 5, 2016 7:48 PM

    If I go buy a new pair of shoes, I can beat him.

  34. dohczeppelin says: Mar 5, 2016 7:56 PM

    upby3 says:Mar 5, 2016 6:50 PM

    What school did Khalil Mack to?

    —————-

    Ah yes. University at Buffalo, my trusty Alma mater. Mack is the only pro we’ve produced at least in recent memory I believe… wish the Bills drafted him.

    Great school though. Not a sports powerhouse by any means (despite their size), but a good school nonetheless. A lot of good looking women there to boot, no doubt….

    Speaking of the Bills though, Fred Jackson was another excellent product from a small school. Will be interesting to see how this guy fairs. Good kick returners are a rare breed…

  35. 81megatron81 says: Mar 5, 2016 8:00 PM

    Lions, 3rd round.

  36. fanofpft says: Mar 5, 2016 8:03 PM

    JSpicoli says:
    Mar 5, 2016 7:48 PM

    If I go buy a new pair of shoes, I can beat him.

    .
    Just wear Vans.

  37. ggreen657 says: Mar 5, 2016 8:08 PM

    Just because you can run fast and jump high doesn’t mean you can play wide receiver in the NFL. Just ask Chad Jackson, Bethel Johnson…the list goes on and on.

  38. californiaqid says: Mar 5, 2016 8:09 PM

    Good lord, I can’t even drive that fast.

  39. tennesseeoilers says: Mar 5, 2016 8:09 PM

    Darrell Green used to run 4.1 forties on a regular basis (and was timed at 4.3 at the combine). But that was back in the early ’80s when everything was based on hand-held stopwatches only. Thus later cynics claimed all those 4.1’s were inaccurate, when it was the combine handhelds that I believe timed him incorrectly. … That to say, was Wendell Williams’ forty at the regional combine timed electronically like the primary combine’s is now?

  40. thames2vvvvvvrebel89130 says: Mar 5, 2016 8:09 PM

    hope the cowboys get him in the 6th rd; can he return punts? someone will draft him;

  41. nfceastisbeast says: Mar 5, 2016 8:10 PM

    Broncos won the Super Bowl in spite of Manning, not because of. Come to think of it, so did the Colts.

  42. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 5, 2016 8:10 PM

    i actually ran a faster time then this in colledge but didnt get drafted cause im white. sad but true

  43. jerlee7 says: Mar 5, 2016 8:10 PM

    Huge jumps. I see what you did there,funny.

  44. bassplucker says: Mar 5, 2016 8:12 PM

    That’s a hella ugly uniform and helmet. Like a 1980s all star game uni or something. I hope he gets drafted just so he can get a pic of himself in something better.

  45. thames2vvvvvvrebel89130 says: Mar 5, 2016 8:14 PM

    just saw where he returns kicks; he might last one return if he gets lit up but really hoping ‘boys take a shot on him

  46. PhD says: Mar 5, 2016 8:20 PM

    Seahawks should consider him. Then they’d have a battery of midgets.

  47. jagsfan1 says: Mar 5, 2016 8:24 PM

    Wendell Williams runs 4.19

    No He Didn’t

  48. dohczeppelin says: Mar 5, 2016 8:30 PM

    realtruthteller100 says:Mar 5, 2016 8:10 PM

    i actually ran a faster time then this in colledge but didnt get drafted cause im white. sad but true

    ————–

    Lol. Yeah, I’m sure your whiteness prevented you from being drafted despite being faster than every other nfl player. There are no white people in the nfl. Keep dreaming buddy…

  49. the8man says: Mar 5, 2016 8:56 PM

    That is pretty damn fast!

    He’ll run a 50 yard out and then have to come back 15 yards to catch the ball.

  50. belicheathater says: Mar 5, 2016 8:58 PM

    Patriot coach timed him.

  51. crackbubba says: Mar 5, 2016 8:58 PM

    If his time is remotely accurate, some team will draft him just to have the safeties drop back.

  52. mikelitoris1 says: Mar 5, 2016 8:58 PM

    realtruthteller100 says:
    Mar 5, 2016 8:10 PM
    i actually ran a faster time then this in colledge but didnt get drafted cause im white. sad but true
    ————————————————————————————————

    That’s because your 40 time was the same as your wonderlic score, now go back to COLLEDGE!

  53. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 5, 2016 9:06 PM

    mikelitoris1 and dohczeppelin u both have no idea what your talking about, loads of guys at my schhool had sub 4 second times but got past over because their white. why do u htink all the running backs are black???

  54. 1964bclions says: Mar 5, 2016 9:23 PM

    Perhaps no other school would take him intellectually .

    Perhaps he a brilliant athlete with the IQ of a retarded field mouse?

  55. whodey83 says: Mar 5, 2016 9:40 PM

    Realtruthteller- lol what? Go to bed dude.

  56. cardinalsfan20 says: Mar 5, 2016 9:58 PM

    @dohczeppelin James Starks – University of Buffalo.

  57. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Mar 5, 2016 10:23 PM

    Probably seeing Gronks doctor.

  58. hrmlss says: Mar 5, 2016 10:56 PM

    “Ah yes. University at Buffalo”

    James Starks he has some High Lights
    And will be getting Paid in Free Agency,
    Probably by a team in Purple.

  59. corkspop says: Mar 5, 2016 11:02 PM

    mall school doesn’t matte. Small guy does. Not going to make it to a final roster.

  60. corkspop says: Mar 5, 2016 11:04 PM

    Small school doesn’t matter. Small guy does. Not going to make it to a final roster.

  61. seatownballers says: Mar 5, 2016 11:15 PM

    realtruthteller100 says:Mar 5, 2016 9:06 PM

    mikelitoris1 and dohczeppelin u both have no idea what your talking about, loads of guys at my schhool had sub 4 second times but got past over because their white. why do u htink all the running backs are black???

    I laugh at the grammar alone. College my arse

  62. catquick says: Mar 5, 2016 11:16 PM

    Why wouldn’t he make it in the NFL? It’s not like anybody’s going to catch him.

  63. catquick says: Mar 5, 2016 11:19 PM

    The Bills collect guys named Williams

  64. gp1390r says: Mar 5, 2016 11:32 PM

    Broncos won the Super Bowl in spite of Manning, not because of. Come to think of it, so did the Colts.

    —————————————————————–
    You do remember he lead the Colts back from a 21-6 halftime deficit in the AFCC that year, correct? THAT was the real Super Bowl that year, and anyone with half a brain knows it. Now this year, yes, the Broncos carried him….I will give you that.

  65. suicidalionsfan says: Mar 6, 2016 12:01 AM

    Floratiotime says; ” Al Davis just rose from the dead and is demanding the Raiders draft this guy”
    ——————————————————————–
    …in the FIRST round !

  66. maestro1899 says: Mar 6, 2016 12:42 AM

    Where was this Regional Combine?

    Unless it was ran in Indy at Lucas Oil Stadium where everyone ran it, it does not beat the **official** Combine record.

    We see guys have faster 40s at their Pro Day than in Indy all the time. It doesn’t mean those are official records. It has to be in Lucas Oil Stadium to count, or else we are comparing apples and oranges.

  67. blackqbwhiterb says: Mar 6, 2016 1:01 AM

    45″ vertical is impressive, and blazing speed? Redskins could cut D-Jax, replace him with this kid, and save $9 mil/ year

  68. azcactus says: Mar 6, 2016 2:37 AM

    So a 4.19 at his Pro Day? Congrats on running a 4.5.

  69. denrec says: Mar 6, 2016 4:09 AM

    realtruthteller100 says:
    Mar 5, 2016 8:10 PM

    i actually ran a faster time then this in colledge but didnt get drafted cause im white. sad but true

    Glad you cleared that up. Most people thought it was because you were a racist. Went to college? You can’t even spell college. Clown shoe…

  70. kennyboy2014 says: Mar 6, 2016 4:11 AM

    The Cardinals will probably take him in the third round. Arians Ioves fast guys from small schools.

  71. danm1978 says: Mar 6, 2016 5:28 AM

    realtruthteller100 says:
    Mar 5, 2016 9:06 PM
    mikelitoris1 and dohczeppelin u both have no idea what your talking about, loads of guys at my schhool had sub 4 second times but got past over because their white. why do u htink all the running backs are black???
    —!——-
    It takes more than just speed to be a running back. If the guy is good enough, it doesn’t matter about colour.
    Heard of a guy named Danny Woodhead? John Kuhn? (fb but similar position)
    Have you heard of Dri Archer?
    Yeah, that dude was a hit and he was the fastest guy in the combine his year.
    It’s about ability, not the colour of a man’s skin.

  72. bowhunter8355 says: Mar 6, 2016 5:45 AM

    Uh yeah, thats fast.

  73. jimmysee says: Mar 6, 2016 6:47 AM

    As soon as I read this, I thought “Al Davis would have loved this guy!”

    The kid was just born ten years too late.

    😦 for him

  74. jagsfan1 says: Mar 6, 2016 8:04 AM

    Although, there were NFL scouts who deemed recording 4.19-second run to be a discrepancy between the hand-held clock time versus the laser recorded time, which clocked in at 4.32 seconds.

    Can we change the headline to he ran 4.32 or would that not be as exciting?

  75. ahzroc says: Mar 6, 2016 8:14 AM

    Ran a second one:
    4.31
    Dude is legit but the 4.19 was hand timed
    In addition to his 100M and 200 M skills,
    His long jump skill translates very well to WR in football
    I wonder if he is related to the Wendell Williams of Trinidad who was a long jumper ?

  76. thirdand43 says: Mar 6, 2016 9:27 AM

    Hard to believe that in this day of media saturation that I have not heard of this kid until right now. Talk about a defense stretcher, he could have the opponents playing a prevent defense in the first quarter. Lol

  77. phinjunky1985 says: Mar 6, 2016 10:44 AM

    He would be a bust if taken in the first 4 rounds,he’s to small to get off the line of scrimmage the same problem Ted Ginn had in Miami. The only difference Ginn saw in Carolina was that Cam was able to remain uprite longer which gave Ginn time to get to speed and win down field.Ginn disappeared in the Super Bowl because a top defense gets to the quarterback and Ginn is slow to get his small body up to speed against bump coverage.

  78. vonkaiser2001 says: Mar 6, 2016 1:39 PM

    Big deal. How much you wanna bet I could throw a football over them mountains. If coach woulda just put me in we would’ve won states.

  79. iamhoraceknight says: Mar 7, 2016 12:09 PM

    He ran a 4.32, still very fast, but it was 4.32.

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