NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt cornerback Joejuan Williams wasn’t happy with his 40 time at the NFL Combine.
At the school’s Pro Day on Tuesday, he went out and did something about it.
With roughly 50 NFL officials on hand, Williams improved on his previous time, and he hopes it helped his draft stock. A total of 15 players took part in Vanderbilt’s Pro Day.
“I felt good,” Williams said. “That’s something I wanted to come out and prove -- prove my speed. I didn’t have a great showing at the combine with the 40, but I got another week out and did well.
“… I think it showed NFL teams that I can run. I tell all the NFL teams that I’ve got the full package – I can run, cover and hit. And that’s something I think I proved. I can run.”
Williams ran the 40 twice at Vanderbilt’s indoor training facility, and a quick survey of stopwatches showed times in the low 4.5s and the low 4.6s.
Williams said he was clocked with a laser time of 4.55.
Everyone agreed it was a better showing than the 4.64 he was clocked at the combine.
“I was hoping for that time and lower,” Williams said of the 4.55. “In training I got a little bit lower than that, but that is still a great time.”
At the NFL Combine, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah said a fast time in the 40 would help the stock of the Vanderbilt cornerback. It remains to be seen how Tuesday’s showing might impact his draft stock.
“If he runs in the low 4.5s, I wouldn’t be shocked if he went in the first round,” NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said of Williams. “The expectation is that he’s going to run in the 4.6s. But if he runs 4.52, I would say it is more likely than not that he’ll go in the first round.”
A 6-foot-4, 211-pounder, Williams was an All-SEC cornerback, and he led the conference in pass breakups (14) while ranking second in interceptions (4).
Jeremiah currently has him ranked No.47 on his overall board.
Growing up in Nashville, Williams said he rooted for the Titans.
On Tuesday, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, general manager Jon Robinson, secondary coach Kerry Coombs and defensive assistant Scott Booker were on hand to watch Vanderbilt’s Pro Day, along with a handful of scouts from the team.
Williams talked to Vrabel and Coombs, among others, and felt he represented himself well.
Former Vanderbilt and current Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward, a two-time Pro Bowler, was in attendance as well, supporting Williams and the other Commodores.
“I just told him to be true to yourself,” Hayward said of Williams. “No matter what your time is, no matter what you measure at, you have your tape as well. He has good film, and that speaks louder than a lot of times.
“I watched him the last three years, and I think he showed a lot of people what he can do. He matched up with some of the top receivers in the SEC and he played well.”
Williams is excited about what’s ahead. Williams said he received a draft grade in the top two rounds from the NFL committee.
He had family on hand watching from the upper level at the school’s indoor practice facility, which “is special,” he said.
“Since the combine, I have been anxious, and I’ve been ready to get here,” Williams said. “At the end of the day, I felt like I left a lot of food on the table, so I wanted to make sure I take it all at my Pro Day, and I felt like that’s something I accomplished.”