Packers' Tramon Williams: NFL's Fastest Man?
But Williams has made plays in the last two weeks that make me think he might just be the fastest player in the NFL. Last week he picked up a Panthers pooch punt and ran it back 94 yards for a touchdown, blowing by everyone else on the field. And today in Detroit, Lions return man Aveion Cason took a kickoff back 74 yards and broke into the clear for what looked like a sure touchdown -- until Williams brought him down from behind.
The strange thing about Williams is that he wasn't particularly highly sought coming out of Louisiana Tech last year (the Texans signed him as an undrafted free agent but released him), and part of the reason for that is that his 40-yard dash time was a mediocre 4.59 seconds. That's surprising both because he's obviously fast when you see him on the field, and because he's the kind of natural athlete who can participate in only one year of high school track but finish second in the state in the long jump, second in the triple jump and third in the high jump.
So for all those NFL draftniks who think the 40-yard dash doesn't translate to speed on the field, Tramon Williams is Exhibit A.
Previously on FanHouse:
Matt Giordano: NFL's Fastest Man?
Stanford Routt: NFL's Fastest Man?