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Bills Choose Steady DB Williams With 34th Choice

Williams Is An NFL-Ready Starting Caliber Defensive Back

NFL Draft Countdown’s Scouting Report on Aaron Williams:

Height: 5-11? | Weight: 204 | 40-Time: 4.52

• Rangy with good height / bulk and sturdy build
• Smooth and naturally athletic with great agility
• Transitions well due to fluid hips and quick feet
• Can play man or zone and line up outside or in slot
• Strong and gets good jam at the line of scrimmage
• Above average hands, leaping ability and ball skills
• Physical and willing to tackle and support the run
• Could offer some positional versatility in the pros
• Tough (mentally and physically) and a hard worker
• Also quite capable of contributing on special teams
• Outstanding pedigree and lots of quality experience

• Lacks upper-echelon speed, explosiveness, burst
• Can be too aggressive at times and pays the price
• Raw technician w/ tendency to get tall in backpedal
• Was not a major playmaker in terms of interceptions
• Allows separation and struggles to keep up downfield
• Inconsistent when it comes to instincts and awareness
• A bit of a ‘tweener who may have to change positions

Was a two-year starter for the Longhorns — Named 2nd Team All-Big 12 in 2010 — Played cornerback in college but could also project to free safety at the next level — Father, Anthony, played linebacker at San Francisco State — Uncle, Ken Taylor, played defensive back at Oregon State (1981-84) and for the Chicago Bears when they won Super Bowl XX in 1985 — Uncle, Eric Townsend, ran track at North Carolina State — Rated as the #1 safety prospect in the country by Rivals coming out of high school — Also garnered accolades for work in the classroom at UT — Averaged 26.5 yards on 2 kick returns and 7.8 yards on 11 punt returns during college career — Blocked five punts in college, which ranks second in the school’s record book, and also blocked twelve kicks as prep — Outstanding program pedigree and will try to follow in the footsteps of other Texas corners such as Quentin Jammer, Nathan Vasher, Cedric Griffin, Aaron Ross and Tarell Brown, just to name a few — Played in a very talented defensive backfield in Austin with Curtis Brown and Chykie Brown, who are also members of the 2011 NFL Draft class — Looked like a potential elite prospect after sophomore season but struggled at times as a junior and did not work out quite as well as expected during the pre-draft process — Is still rough around the edges but a starting-caliber talent.

Russ’ Take: I had Williams as a first-round pick.  Savvy defensive back who can play both corner and free safety.  Comes from “Cornerback U”.  Has an absolute knack for big plays – a nose for the pigskin during key situations.

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