Bills draft pick Kolby Listenbee says he's fastest player in NFL

ByMike Rodak via ESPN logo
Saturday, April 30, 2016

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Former TCU wide receiver Kolby Listenbee wasn't lacking in confidence after being drafted Saturday in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills, telling reporters on a conference call that he could be the fastest wide receiver in the NFL.

"I'm the fastest player probably in the NFL," Listenbee said. "So I bring speed, I got great hands. Right now, I got a chip on my shoulder because I got to go out there and show what I have and I mean. I just work hard."

Why does Listenbee believe he could be the fastest player in the league?

"Because I can go to the Olympics if I wanted to," he said, later adding that he'll be playing football and not competing for a spot in this summer's Rio Games.

At TCU, Listenbee was a four-time All-American in track, running in the 100-meter dash as well as the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. His best time in the 100, according to the school, is a wind-aided 10.03 seconds.

Listenbee ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at February's NFL scouting combine, the eighth-best time among all invitees. He noted, however, that he was dealing with a double sports hernia at the combine. He underwent surgery for the injury on March 10.

He said he believes if he had been healthy, he would have "broken the record" in the drill.

"Probably would have had a million dollars, to be honest," he said. "I mean, I think my track time says enough. I don't even need to run the 40. I got drafted. I mean, Coach has seen me, what I can do. I basically -- when they say I was going to be a 4.30, 4.33 with the sports hernia, so I mean, it is basically a 4.25 to me."

Marquise Goodwin might have something to say about Listenbee's claim. A fourth-year receiver on the Bills, Goodwin owns the third-fastest time in the 40-yard dash in NFL combine history, running it in 4.27 seconds in 2013. Goodwin competed in the 2012 Olympics and is training to qualify for this summer's Olympics in the long jump.