Last week, an unknown wide receiver from the University of Cumberlands, an NAIA school in Kentucky, took the NFL scouting world by storm by running an unofficial 4.19 40-yard dash and a 4.32 official one. All of the sudden, teams caught interest in Wendall Williams, and he told Syracuse.com's Matthew Fairburn that "four seconds changed my life."
Now, several teams want to meet with this speedy receiver, and the Indianapolis Colts are one of them. According to Fairburn, the Colts will hold a private workout with Williams as part of the draft process.
Williams, a 5-10, 185 pound receiver, has had quite the path to get to where he is today. He spent time at three different community colleges (because, as he says, he didn't dedicate himself to academics and slacked off in his studies) and then spent time earning money as a truck driver before he was convinced to go to the University of Cumberlands and play football. He also ran track, and he won a national championship in long jump in 2015. He then spent time training for the NFL regional combine, which was held last week, and there he caught the attention of NFL scouts with his workouts.
In two seasons at the University of Cumberlands, he played in just 19 games but wound up with 20 total touchdowns. In 2014, he caught 16 passes for 326 yards and three scores (averaging 20.4 yards per catch) and rushed 11 times for 112 yards and a touchdown, and returned 25 kickoffs for 694 yards and a touchdown. In 2015, he caught 15 passes for 457 yards and eight scores (30.5 yards per catch), rushed seven times for 204 yards and three scores, returned six punts for 141 yards and a touchdown, and returned 24 kickoffs for 777 yards and three touchdowns. In total, then, he averaged 25.3 yards per reception, 17.6 yards per rush, 23.5 yards per punt return, and 30 yards per kick return while amassing 2,711 total yards and 20 total touchdowns in 19 games.
Clearly, he's a physically gifted wide receiver, and it makes sense for the Colts to want to work him out. He just recently burst on to the scene, but he is a very fast receiver and return man and could be an interesting option for the Colts. At this point, this workout is likely primarily to see what Williams can do, but the Colts will hold a private workout with him to see whether Williams might be an option for them.