Former Kentucky receiver Jeff Badet thinks he’s the fastest player in the NFL, and he’s ready to put his money where his mouth is.
The 24-year old wideout out of Orlando, FL is set to participate in “40 Yards of Gold,” a tournament-style speed competition set for June 29.
Badet, who was on the Minnesota Vikings Practice Squad last season and was brought back by the team again for 2019, will compete against 23 other players in a head-to-head battle.
In “40 Yards of Gold,” 12 offensive players and 12 defensive players will face off, with the winner of each division facing off in the final. From there, the title of “fastest player in the NFL” will be named.
Here are the confirmed participants:
Offense: Ted Ginn Jr., Alvin Kamara, Jeff Badet, Corey Coleman, Robby Anderson, Richie James, Damiere Byrd, Mark Ingram, Kevin Snead, Christian Blake, Jacoby Ford, mystery participant
Defense: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Trae Waynes, John Franklin III, Kevin Byard, Quinton Dunbar, Rashard Robinson, Terrell Sinkfield, Jerome Baker, Jalen Myrick, Budda Baker, Donte Jackson, Charles James II, mystery participant
Badet played three seasons at Kentucky, where he managed 82 total catches for 1,385 yards (16.9 average) and seven receiving touchdowns. The 6-foot receiver then transferred to Oklahoma as a graduate transfer, where he accumulated 400 yards and three touchdowns on 26 receptions.
The former Wildcat, who reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.27 seconds at Oklahoma’s Pro Day last year, was best known for his ability to burn defenders on the outside for deep balls.
Does Badet stand a chance against some of the fastest players the NFL has to offer?