Jimmy Williams DB 6’3 216 Virginia Tech
By: Robert Davis
You will not find many defensive backs that have proven to be major talents at two spots in the secondary. Jimmy Williams has done just that. As a sophomore in 2003 at the free safety position, Williams racked up 114 tackles, four for loss, and two interceptions. As a junior, he was moved to corner to take advantage of his athleticism and he turned in another standout season. From his corner spot, he finished the year with 60 tackles, 5.5 for loss, and five interceptions. Williams was not tested much as a senior, but still finished with 44 tackles, two for loss, a sack, and an interception.
Williams brings great size to the secondary. He has the height to match up with any receiver on the field, and the strength to overpower most wide receivers. He combines that power with very good athleticism and great speed. He is an all around threat in the secondary. Williams will hit you hard but will also run step for step with you down the field. His versatility and experience at two spots will increase his value come draft day.
Even though he has the speed and has been a standout college corner, Williams may not project very well at corner in the NFL. He doesn’t have the greatest fluidity in his turns, and will often lose ground on smaller receivers because of their quickness. He'll only fit at corner in certain schemes.
Even if he is not a corner, Jimmy Williams should be a standout player at the next level. His playmaking ability and aggressiveness as a free safety could make him one of the best safeties in the game. He should be able to play corner against the bigger wideouts in the league, but there are legitimate concerns about him covering the smaller receivers. He should go head to head with Michael Huff for rights to be the first defensive back selected.
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