When you look at the Houston Texans wide receivers you see a star in Deandre Hopkins followed by Will Fuller and Braxton Miller, both talented rookies taken in this years draft. What many people don’t see is an undrafted free agent lurking in the shadows waiting to prove more people wrong. His name is Wendall Williams, a small school prospect from University of the Cumberlands in Kentucky. Some may remember Williams after he posted an unofficial 4.19 40 yard dash at the regional combine in Minnesota.
After graduating from Bishop Ludden High School in Syracuse, NY in 2008, Williams found himself at Morrisville State College due to his academics. Williams quoted himself as “being a knucklehead” and took full responsibility for his actions at the time following academic dismissal. At one point in his life Williams was driving a delivery truck. Though times got hard, the talented Williams never gave up as he soon became a track star at Herkimer Community College before transferring to his final destination, University of the Cumberlands, where he would play football again in 2014. Despite only touching the ball 104 times in 2 seasons, the speedy Williams still managed to score 20 touchdowns. In 2015, Williams put on a clinic winning the National Championship in track & field while competing in the long jump.
Many teams expressed interest in Williams after the draft but the Houston Texans emerged as the first team to sign him. When asked about Williams’ performance so far at Texans camp many coaches have said, “His speed and athleticism, you can’t teach that kind of talent.” With fellow wide receiver Deandre Hopkins returning to practice after ending his holdout, Williams should continue to gain plenty of knowledge on the field as well as build more confidence as he looks to finalize his lifetime dream of playing in the NFL.