Every year there are a host of players who complain about not getting an invite to the scouting combine.
Western Illinois linebacker Jason Williams, the DuSable product, is one who can make a very good case this year. But he did something about it when his opportunity came Tuesday at his pro day in Macomb, Ill.
With 14 teams in attendance, according to one source, Williams was clocked as fast as 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Now, the problem with the time is it was run on a basketball court. But if you add one-tenth of a second to compensate, or even a fraction more, you're talking about a linebacker running a sub 4.6 time in the 40. That would have put him in very good company at the combine with other outside linebackers, and there is little doubt Williams will be drafted.
Williams is just over 6-1 and weighed 238 pounds. He also excelled in other areas, putting up 26 reps at 225 pounds on the bench. His vertical jump was 39 inches and his broad jump was 10-9. he's not done yet either. Williams, who had 14 career forced fumbles for the Leathernecks and stood out during the week at the East-West Shrine Game, plans to attend the Northwestern pro day March 12 and work out there as well for teams that may have missed him. It ought to give him another shot to run the 40 on a better surface too. Williams was a finalist this year for the 2008 Buck Buchanan Award.
The Bears are not believed to have attended the workout.