College: Virginia Tech
Birthday: March 8, 1984
If football were a party, Jimmy Williams would be the life of it. Sassy and aggressive, he plays like he means it, and he just won’t stop talking afterward. Williams once talked so much even his college coach muzzled him in front of the media for an entire season.
Williams returned for his senior season though, and he has matured for the better. Oh, he’s not completely reformed just yet (Williams did tattoo his own name across his back before the season), but he does what it takes to win, and he can even lead his team in doing so.
An ideal press coverage prospect, Williams uses his size to get physical with receivers. After switching from safety in his junior season, he nabbed a conference-best five interceptions and added in another five and a half tackles for a loss. Williams hasn’t duplicated those stats as a senior, but that’s probably because opposing teams are too smart to run the play his direction.
His size is definitely a plus, but Williams doesn’t have the quickness of other elite cornerback prospects, making some believe that he will make for a better safety as a pro. Williams has some closing speed, but he lacks that special top gear to stick with the fastest receivers on the field. And while he is a monster in press coverage, his zone coverage is nothing special. A good play action fake could fool him deep.
Williams is a hustler, and that will make his new NFL coaches happy. He may be a big talker, but it shouldn’t be mistaken for any off-field issues. He just plays smart, wraps up his tackles, and will be an asset to any team that takes him in April.
(profile written by Keith Weiland)
Jimmy Williams’ 2004 Stats G TCK PBU INT FF FR 13 60 14 5 0 0 Jimmy Williams Home