Kyle Wilson runs 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds; 'I know I'm as fast as they come'
Submitted by Chadd Cripe on Fri, 03/26/2010 - 12:38pm. By Chadd Cripe
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Former Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds Friday at the Broncos' pro day.
That's slightly slower than Wilson expected, but plenty fast enough to keep him in line for a first-round selection in the NFL Draft. He also posted a 38-inch vertical jump, a personal best.
The scouts do their own timing, so there is some variety in the numbers. Wilson's two 40-yard-dash attempts were timed in as fast as 4.39 seconds and as slow as 4.47 seconds, according to different scouts and reports.
Wilson ran the 40 in 4.36 and 4.39 seconds last spring.
"I was happy how everything went," said Wilson, who is expected to land in the second half of the first round of the NFL Draft. "... I know I'm as fast as they come, so hey, I'll trust my speed vs. anybody."
The top 40-yard dash by a cornerback at the NFL Scouting Combine was 4.45 seconds. Six players had vertical jumps better than 38 inches, topped by a 44-inch leap by Fresno State's A.J. Jefferson.
Wilson said the hamstring injury that prevented him from running and jumping at the combine was not an issue Friday.
"I don't have any excuses," he said. "I trained hard, I was ready to go and I came out here and did my best."
Wilson's other results included 10 feet, 2 inches in the broad jump, 6.74 seconds in the three-cone drill, 4.02 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and 11.4 seconds in the 60-yard shuttle. The best of those numbers is in the 20-yard shuttle, where Wilson would have ranked second at the combine. He would have tied for sixth in the three-cone drill.
The usual collection of NFL scouts was augmented by at least a handful of NFL defensive coordinators. Forty-four scouts and coaches attended the event, representing 28 teams. Seven to 10 coaches were in attendance, including the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coordinator.
Wilson said he already has visits lined up to at least six NFL teams - Jacksonville (pick No. 10), Dallas (No. 27), Cleveland (Nos. 7 and 38), Pittsburgh (No. 18), Tennessee (No. 16) and St. Louis (Nos. 1 and 33).
Fullback Richie Brockel (6-foot-1, 251 pounds), considered a likely free-agent signing, also worked out for the scouts. Brockel had been running for just two weeks after a four-month rehab on his injured foot. He had surgery to repair damaged ligaments.
Brockel impressed scouts with his change of direction.
"I had no pain today - it felt awesome," he said. "I was really happy about that because I thought I might have to battle through some stuff, but I didn't."
Defensive end Mike T. Williams, whose career ended with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee late in the 2008 season, worked out, too.
He spent more than a year getting ready for his chance. He said he was close to quitting football when the Broncos' Fiesta Bowl appearance in January "lit a fire in me."
"It's been a long, hard wait," he said, "but it's well worth it. I came out here and performed like I wanted to perform."
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