Cardinals Draft Day 2: Brandon Williams
Day 2 of the 2016 NFL Draft and again the Cardinals stuck to their guns and did not move up into the second round where they had no picks. Sitting tight until round 3 and picking 92nd overall, they chose Texas A&M cornerback Brandon Williams. Williams was a running back until last year when he converted to a defensive back, and has a lot of raw talent and speed. He transferred from Oklahoma to Texas A&M in 2011.
Williams seems like more of a project player rather than one that will come in and make an immediate impact. He runs a 4.5 40 so special teams may be something that Steve Keim and Bruce Arians had in mind when selecting him. With David Johnson sure to get the bulk of carries in the backfield, they may be looking for a young player to take over on kickoff and punt returns. In college Williams only had 2 returns for a total of 16 yards, so he could use some reps in that department as well.
In his lone season at cornerback, Williams did not record an interception but he did have 7 passes defended as well as 26 solo tackles. At 6’0 he has the height to deflect passes and combined with his speed he could develop into a reliable safety or a nickel corner. This is the kind of pick that Cardinal’s fans just have to trust Coach Arians on. He obviously sees something in Williams to select him higher than he probably needed to. Preseason will be vital for this rookie and time will tell if he can make it on an already dare I say it, elite Cardinals defensive backfield. The draft resumes tomorrow and Arizona barring any trades will pick 128th overall.
Kevin McQuade covers the NFL for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @kmcquade9.