Anatomy of a prospect: Western Illinois OLB Jason Williams 3:50 PM Fri, Mar 20, 2009 | Permalink Rick Gosselin E-mail News tips There wasn't much NFL love for the Missouri Valley Conference in February. Not a single player from the league's nine schools was invited to the scouting combine. But the NFL is starting to warm up to the Valley now. In particular, the NFL is warming up to Western Illinois linebacker Jason Williams. Williams had the credentials for an invite. A two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year, Williams forced a school-record six fumbles in 2008 and an NCAA-record-tying 14 in his career. He finished fourth in the voting for the 2008 Buchanan Award as the best player at the FCS level. But the NFL did not consider him one of the top 330 prospects in the 2009 draft, so he was not invited to Indianapolis for the combine. A slew of NFL teams did show up for his pro day, though, and Williams showed them he belonged in Indy. He measured 6-1, 238 pounds, clocked a 4.49 in his 40-yard dash, benched 225 pounds 26 times and skied 39 inches in his vertical jump. That showed the NFL he has the speed, strength and athleticism to compete at the next level. It also sent him zooming up a thin linebacker board. The top-rated outside linebacker in this draft Aaron Curry (6-1 1/2, 254) ran a 4.52, benched 25 and verticaled 37. Williams could be the highest non-combine player drafted in April.