Was reading USA Today and they had a feature on Mike Williams and one of the main people they interviewed was Norm Chow. Let me tell you, Chow is in love with Williams, or at least he comes across that way. He had nothing but solid praise for Williams after their USC years and Williams even mentioned that he wanted to be drafted by the Titans and play for Chow again. I gotta figure, as long as Williams workouts don't disappoint anyone, if Chow has Jeff Fisher's ear, I think that will probably be our biggest obstacle in drafting him.
As physically impressive as Williams is, I think the year out of football and speed questions are going to drop him to at least #5. The top 3 teams (Cleveland, San Fran and Miami) all are in desperate need of a franchise QB so hopefully they look elsewhere. Miami needs a running back in a desperate way, so they probably look elsewhere. One of those teams could still draft Braylon Edwards which makes Mike Williams the next best target for anyone aiming for a receiver, but hopefully, Edwards drops a little. I remember reading an article last year about how teams just didn't want to spend much on receivers these days because of the new contact rules and the ease at which some teams are making decent wideouts look like stars. I just don't see Braylon Edwards or Mike Williams going in the top three.
Our first speed bump is Chicago at #4. They just signed Muhammed to a crazy contract considering his age but Lovie Smith has me worried. He mentions that St. Louis offense too much. I can easily see him grabbing another top receiver in Edwards or Williams to try and create another high-powered offense in Chicago. Hopefully, there are enough holes in Chicago that he skips a receiver.
Tampa Bay at #5 already drafted their future star wideout last year so they're out of the picture.
That leaves Tennessee at #6 which just got rid of Mason and has the Chow/Williams relation. That will probably be the biggest road block to getting Williams. Here's a team which may have him incredible high on their value list because of Chow's first-hand knowledge.
#7 Oakland is going for Randy Moss but unfortunately, that pick is now going to the Vikings who would love nothing more than to pick a successor to Randy Moss. Here's where Braylon Edwards play big into this because if the mock drafts and rumors are true, most scouts have Edwards higher than Mike Williams. So hopefully, Edwards wasn't picked by Chicago and the Vikings choose him instead.
#8 Arizona doesn't need any receivers. Nor does #10 Detroit.
That leaves Washington at #9 as the only wild card. I guess this all depends on the Laveranues Coles situation. It looked like Coles leaving was certain but I'm not sure now. And even if he doesn't leave, Washington may not feel safe without insurance but I can't see Gibbs worrying about a receiver first.
So basically, for Mike Williams to get to us, I guess we need to see the following:
#1 - #3 (SF, CLE, MIA) decide to go QB or RB.
#4 CHI Hope to god that Lovie Smith isn't serious about trying to mimic the St. Louis offense he used to practice against.
#6 TEN Pray that Jeff Fisher doesn't trust Norm Chow yet in the draft.
#9 WAS Hope the Coles situation works out and he stays with them.
I let #7 Minnesota out because I think it's almost a given that they're going to pick a receiver to replace Moss, we just have to hope that the other teams play into the right pecking order.
Here's hoping that Williams falls into our laps because the more I read about him, the more impressed I am.