Twitter reacts to Hakeem Butler and David Montgomery at the NFL Combine

Mar 1, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Iowa State running back David Montgomery (RB16) goes through pass catching drills during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

At least one former Cyclone seriously helped his draft stock during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this weekend. Hakeem Butler set the internet ablaze on Saturday following his freakish performance highlighted by a 4.48-second performance in the 40-yard dash.

Butler, who is the tallest wide receiver at the event and has the position’s biggest wingspan, also hit 18 reps on the bench press, which was tied for the eighth most by a wide receiver.

As of this writing, Butler does not have listed results in the vertical jump, broad jump or three-cone shuttle, but will likely be among the top performing wide receivers, especially in the jumps. We will update this post once his official results in those workouts become available.

Butler’s performance followed up David Montgomery’s Friday outputs that on the surface may have slightly underwhelmed. Montgomery ran a 4.63-second 40-yard dash, but that number does not seem to have phased many talent evaluators.

Montgomery, who is projected to be anywhere from a first to third round pick in April’s NFL Draft depending on where you look, also put up 15 reps in the bench press, had a 28.5-inch vertical jump and 121-inch broad jump. He did not participate in any of the agility drills.

Obviously, both of these guys will have further chances to improve their draft stock, including Iowa State’s pro day later this month. Either way, both of them continue to impress talent evaluators at football’s highest level.

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.