SALT LAKE CITY — Javelin Guidry was only two-hundredths of a second away from accomplishing a goal last month.

Now he’s only hours away from reaching another.

Less than two months after blazing his way into the national spotlight with a 4.29 time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, the University of Utah defensive back is hoping to hear his name called during Thursday’s NFL draft.

That sprinter speed makes the 5-foot-9, 193-pound, two-time All-Pac-12 honorable mention player, an intriguing prospect for teams. He and Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs III (4.27) were the only two players at the combine to dip below the 4.3 mark — and only the sixth and seventh cornerbacks to run that fast.

What really sets Guidry apart, though, is something else he did at the combine. He isn’t just a fast athlete. He’s a fast, strong athlete. Guidry benched 225 pounds 21 times to become the first to player to lift that much with a sub-4.3 40 since 2003, per NFL Research.

Not too shabby for a talented prospect who won 100-meter high school championships in Texas (2016) and California (2018) before choosing to play for the Utes over the Longhorns.

“Obviously his most redeeming quality is that speed,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “That’s obviously Jav’s strong suit is his incredible speed. He’s also extremely tough and has, for us, played that nickel position extremely well.”

Speedy Utah defensive back Javelin Guidry racing to the NFL
Utah’s Javelin Guidry clocks 4.29-second 40-yard dash — fastest among DBs — at NFL scouting combine

Guidry is leaving school one year early to enter the NFL draft. He racked up 120 tackles (82 solo) with 19 passes defended and three interceptions in 41 games (25 starts) over the past three seasons at Utah. He told Dirk Facer of the Deseret News that leaving after three years was his plan all along.

Though he’s been told he’s expected to be picked up in the fourth or fifth round, Guidry says he’s ready to prove himself wherever he goes. He’s no stranger to adapting to new surroundings after having spent time at three different high schools.

“Being able to go to new spots and earn a spot and prove myself is what I’ve known my whole life,” Guidry said. “I’m ready to do that at the next level.”