Wendall Williams Records 4.19 40-Yard Dash at NFL Regional Combine

Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2016

Feb 29, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; A close up of the shoes of Florida State Seminoles defensive back Jalen Ramsey prior to the 40 yard dash during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Wendall Williams from the University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky broke an NFL Regional Combine record by running a 4.19-second 40-yard dash Saturday, according to the NFL Regional Combine's official Twitter

That's faster than running back Chris Johnson's NFL combine-record 4.24-second 40 he set back in 2008.

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report reported there may be a discrepancy about the time:

Cumberlands football competes in the NAIA Division I with competitive levels similar to NCAA Division II schools, per Student-Scholarships.com.

According to Steve Andress of the Colts' official website, Williams was close to not even making it to Cumberlands:  

The wide receiver hauled in 15 receptions for 457 yards and eight touchdowns last season to go with 205 rushing yards on just seven attempts and three touchdowns. That's an average of 29.1 yards per rush. 

He was also an effective special teams player with a combined four touchdowns on kick and punt returns. Williams averaged 23.5 yards per punt return and 32.4 yards per kick return last season. 

Williams also took that speed to the track, where he excelled as a sprinter and long-jumper. He received All-American honors in all three of those categories while winning a national championship in the long jump. 

With that kind of speed, it's easy to see why he excelled at the NAIA level. Now with that performance at the regional combine, Williams could pique the interest of a few NFL coaches. Of course, his hands, route-running ability and toughness will have to be examined, but Williams could have just put himself closer to a chance to play in the NFL. 


Stats courtesy of CumberlandsPatriots.com