Mike Williams was simply one of the best college WR I have ever seen. His signature play was a one-handed grab against Oregon State that helped catapult him into the top 10 in the 2005 draft. He was good enough for the team to use a first round pick for the third consecutive year on a WR. The talent was always there, but he was never able to make it in the NFL.
Terry McCormick wrote a very interesting piece in the Nashville City Paper about his attempt to make the Titans first team.
“During his time with the Lions, who picked him 10th overall in the 2005 draft, Williams was said to be frequently fined for being late for meetings and other such transgressions. The Lions were all too happy to trade him to Oakland as part of a package during draft weekend last year.”
“Williams dedicated himself to making the most of his opportunity, and if Friday’s OTA work is any indication, might make a strong case to play himself into the Titans’ plans this season. He said he has lost more than 30 pounds and hopes to show the “experts” who said the Titans needed to spend an early pick on a receiver, that that is not necessarily the case.”
On a team that is desperate for a playmaker at WR, its encouraging to know that a player with this talent may have finally decided to live up to his potential. Don’t get your hopes up, but MW has a chance to be a difference maker in 2008. I’ll keep you updated.