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One hot linebacker: DuSable grad Williams has 10 pre-draft visits

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    One hot linebacker: DuSable grad Williams has 10 pre-draft visits
    By Brad Biggson April 3, 2009 6:52 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBacks (0)
    Jason Williams is going to earn his wings before the NFL draft. Maybe he'll even score a free future ticket.

    The Western Illinois linebacker is one of the hottest risers with just three weeks to go as he crisscrosses the country getting in 10 pre-draft visits. That is more than any other player we've heard of to this point as the visit season cranks up with teams whittling down their draft boards.

    Williams will travel or has already traveled to meet with Cleveland, Dallas, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Tennessee. Using the handy Air Miles chart on page 216 of the Bears media guide, that's 13,332 flown miles. Teams want to give Williams a physical and get a better chance to know him.
    The DuSable graduate started getting traction when he performed well at the East-West Shrine Game and then turned heads at his pro day March 4 when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds with 14 teams in attendance. That was on a basketball-court surface though and there were some questions for a guy who is 6-1, 241 pounds. Some didn't believe he was that fast. Try faster. Any of those questions were answered when he showed up March 12 at Northwestern's pro day and ran again. This time, on a slow FieldTurf surface, he clocked in between 4.42 and 4.48 seconds according to scouts we polled at the event. The interest only grew.

    Now, a guy who was not invited to the combine could come off the board as early as the third round. What is boosting him is teams that run 4-3 and 3-4 schemes are interested. He's got instincts, tackles well in space and is smart. We spotted Bucs linebackers coach Joe Barry at Northwestern where 17 teams were represented with some scouts saying they were there for the sole purpose of watching Williams. Philadelphia is also believed to be interested as NFL.com reported that Eagles linebackers coach Bill Shuey was in Evanston. When more than one-third of the league is checking you out, something good is bound to happen.


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    enjoy, joe

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    One hot linebacker: DuSable grad Williams has 10 pre-draft visits
    By Brad Biggson April 3, 2009 6:52 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBacks (0)
    Jason Williams is going to earn his wings before the NFL draft. Maybe he'll even score a free future ticket.

    The Western Illinois linebacker is one of the hottest risers with just three weeks to go as he crisscrosses the country getting in 10 pre-draft visits. That is more than any other player we've heard of to this point as the visit season cranks up with teams whittling down their draft boards.

    Williams will travel or has already traveled to meet with Cleveland, Dallas, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Tennessee. Using the handy Air Miles chart on page 216 of the Bears media guide, that's 13,332 flown miles. Teams want to give Williams a physical and get a better chance to know him.
    Continue reading One hot linebacker: DuSable grad Williams has 10 pre-draft visits. DuSable product Williams star of show at Northwestern pro day
    By Brad Biggson March 12, 2009 10:56 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBacks (0)
    Western Illinois linebacker Jason Williams created a buzz last week at his school's pro day when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds. Problem was, it was on the school's basketball court and most observers acknowledged you had to add at least one-tenth of a second to his time.

    So, he showed up at Northwestern's pro day Thursday and did one better, running between 4.42 and 4.48 on a much slower artificial surface in the school's indoor facility. The 2008 Buck Buchanan Award finalist, a DuSable graduate, boosted himself even more for the NFL draft.
    Continue reading DuSable product Williams star of show at Northwestern pro day. Western linebacker Williams turns heads on pro day
    By Brad Biggson March 4, 2009 8:40 AM | Permalink | Comments (13) | TrackBacks (0)



    Every year there are a host of players who complain about not getting an invite to the scouting combine.

    Western Illinois linebacker Jason Williams, the DuSable product, is one who can make a very good case this year. But he did something about it when his opportunity came Tuesday at his pro day in Macomb, Ill.

    With 14 teams in attendance, according to one source, Williams was clocked as fast as 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Now, the problem with the time is it was run on a basketball court. But if you add one-tenth of a second to compensate, or even a fraction more, you're talking about a linebacker running a sub 4.6 time in the 40. That would have put him in very good company at the combine with other outside linebackers, and there is little doubt Williams will be drafted.
    Continue reading Western linebacker Williams turns heads on pro day.
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    I really want to see this guy in a Cowboy uniform.

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