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Broncos select...Darrent Williams, CB, Oklahoma State
Darrent Williams, CB, Oklahoma State
Height: 5:08.1 Weight: 188
Overview: Few defensive players have the ability to change the tide of the game the way Williams has during his Oklahoma State career. An outstanding pass thief with blazing speed and natural hands, Williams has also proven to be a dangerous threat as a punt returner. Williams was listed by the Dallas Morning News on the area top-100 list and was named All-District three times at O.D. Wyatt (Fort Worth, Tex.) High School. He was the Class 7-4A Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior in football and also was named an All-American by Track and Field News. Williams saw considerable action as a true freshman for the Cowboys in 2001, starting four of the team's final six games. He recorded 33 tackles (24 solos) as he returned both of his interceptions for touchdowns. He took over left cornerback duties the following season, producing 53 tackles (41 solos) with three stops for losses and a forced fumble. Williams also led the team with three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown and 13 pass break-ups. Williams was a consensus All-Big 12 Conference choice in 2003. He delivered a career-high 66 tackles (49 solos) with four stops for losses. He ranked second in the conference with six interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. He also deflected 17 passes. Williams also provided stellar play on special teams, returning 13 punts for 233 yards (17.9 average) and two touchdowns while adding 83 yards on four kickoff returns (20.8 average). Injuries and off-field problems would sidetrack Williams in his final year, limiting him to seven games in 2004. He recorded 21 tackles (18 solos) with three pass deflections and two forced fumbles. He also gained 249 yards with a touchdown on nine punt returns (27.7 average). A broken arm vs. Iowa State would sideline him for four games. He returned vs. Texas, but left after four plays due to numbness in his arm and never returned to the starting lineup again for the Cowboys. Scheduled to play in the Alamo Bowl, he was suspended from the team for an undisclosed rules violation. Williams finished his career with 173 tackles (132 solos) with eight stops for losses of 30 yards, a fumble recovery for a 53-yard return, three forced fumbles and 37 pass break-ups. He gained 282 yards on eleven interceptions (25.6 average) and five touchdowns. His five scoring returns set school and conference career-records. In addition, Williams returned 22 punts for 482 yards (21.9 average) and three touchdowns, adding 83 yards on four kickoff returns (20.8 average).
Analysis: Positives... Instinctive player with very good key and diagnostic ability... Quick-twitch type with excellent speed and man coverage ability... Has the playing speed for man coverage, easily running with the receiver on deep routes... Very productive playing the ball, showing good timing ability on his leaps and natural hands to field the ball... Has a knack for getting his hands up to deflect the pass away from the receiver... Shows good zone awareness, giving a small cushion and is quick to plant and drive to close... Very smooth coming out of his backpedal, showing an explosive burst out of his breaks... Shows urgency and very good acceleration closing on the ball... Very elusive runner after the catch, showing precise cutting ability and vision to easily spot the small openings... Flashes good hip flip on his turns... Has the speed to go vertical and accelerate to the ball... Not a trained killer in run support, but will come up and support.
Negatives... Has had durability and character issues ever since arriving on campus... Had a positive drug test (marijuana) as a freshman, but has worked hard to steer clear of those problems since... Not a physical tackler, as he shows marginal consistency due to a lack of striking power and will get run over by the bigger blockers when working close to the line... Lacks ideal size and bulk, but does show natural power... Good reader who can adjust working the zone, but does not show great whip-turn quickness... Quick in his backpedal, but will sometimes be seen up on his heels... Needs structure, as he lacks a strong work ethic, but will produce under hard coaching... Will bite on the occasional stick and sometimes peeks into the backfield too long... Despite his leaping ability, he struggles to match up vs. the bigger receivers on the perimeter.
Agility tests: 4.34 in the 40-yard dash... 315-pound bench press... 450-pound squat... 275-pound hang clean... 39.5-inch vertical jump... 29 1/4-inch arm length... 9 1/2-inch hands... Right-handed... 17/24 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended O.D. Wyatt (Fort Worth, Tex.) High School... Listed by the Dallas Morning News on the area top-100 list... Named All-District three times, and was the 7-4A Defensive Most Valuable Player as a senior... Also named an All-American by Track and Field News.
Personal: Education major... Son of Rosiland Williams... Born 9/27/82... Resides in Fort Worth, Texas.
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