2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Aaron Williams
Aaron Williams is another one of those highly recruited athletes from the 2008 recruiting class. He was a five star corner out of McNeil High School in Austin, Texas, and he decided not to stray too far from his hometown as he elected to attend University of Texas.
Williams is quite experienced, having started 23 of the Longhorns’ last 26 matches, and he played in every game as a true freshman. Despite a crowded Texas secondary, he managed to become quite possibly the best out of the three major corners that are all in this 2011 NFL Draft class, including Curtis Brown and Chykie Brown.
Player Name: Aaron Williams
If you’re looking for a pure zone corner, Williams is your man. He has great height at 6’1, and his speed and athleticism is more than adequate to compete against NFL wide receivers. He has a fluid, low back pedal and quick hips when changing direction. He does a nice job of fighting for the football and making a play on it in the air, usually finding a way to knock it down. He does a nice job of turning and looking back for the ball (look and lean), and has solid hands. Williams’ instincts are quite impressive as well, as he doesn’t get caught staring in the backfield, and can diagnose plays with ease. He has had above average production, and is a punishing blitzing corner off the edge.
Williams will need to improve in press coverage and his overall abilities in man. While he has all of the abilities you look for, sometimes he will have mental lapses and is sometimes susceptible to the double move. He gets caught out of position at times when covering quicker corners. He has good speed, but not exceptional, and will be better in covering the bigger, slower receivers. He needs to improve on his open field tackling, and learn to break down. Sometimes he struggles to disengage from blockers as well, and could afford to add five to seven pounds.
Williams is a fringe first round player, and is a Top 20 player in many other drafts. He very well could sneak into the bottom of the first, as many corners do because it is such a prime position. The Bears will likely be one of the first teams to take a hard look at him with pick 29, and Pittsburgh will struggle to pass on him with the 31st pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. I still look for him to fall no later than pick 47 with the St. Louis Rams, who really could use a top notch corner and overall help in the secondary.
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