Oklahoma State defensive tackle Kevin Williams was expecting to be an early
first-round NFL Draft pick. Well, his name was called a little sooner than some
expected but his selection was enamored with all the controversy one could want.
Williams was selected ninth overall by the Minnesota Vikings in a move that came as fairly surprising, but not as surprising as the fact that Minnesota was slated to pick seventh. The Vikings were in the midst of working out a deal to trade down for multiple picks when the clock expired. This bizarre occurrence led to a frenzy as both the Jaguars and Panthers rushed their picks to the podium in an effort to leapfrog the Vikings who had temporarily "passed." The Vikings finally got their pick in at No. 9, taking Williams.
The issue now at hand
is how to pay the young defensive lineman. Williams' agent suggests that he
should be paid like the seventh pick in the draft should be paid, while the
Vikings management will most likely disagree and use this as a way to save
money. The difference could be as much as $3 million according to some sources.
Needless to say, there will be some long, hard negotiations over this subject.
Williams will be joined in Minnesota by Maryland linebacker E.J. Henderson and University of Nevada-Reno wide receiver Nate Burleson who were taken in the second and third rounds respectively, as well as four picks to be announced tomorrow.
Many other Big 12 stars heard their names called during the opening day of the 2003 draft. The earliest of which was Kansas State stud cornerback and return man Terence Newman. Bill Parcells made him his first pick as the new coach for the Dallas Cowboys with the fifth-overall selection.
Texas A&M defensive tackle Ty Warren quietly climbed the ladder all the way to the 13th-overall spot where the New England Patriots selected him. Warren's teammate Sammy Davis also was a first-rounder as the San Diego Chargers took the cornerback with the 30th pick.
University of Oklahoma defensive back Andre Woolfolk will take his services to the Tennessee Titans as they took him with their first-round spot at No. 28 overall. The Biggest surprise of the later rounds came as Texas quarterback Chris Simms fell to the final pick of the third round, selected 97th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Big 12 Players taken thru Saturday
First Round Overall pick
5th – Dallas Cowboys – Terence Newman – DB – Kansas State
9th – Minnesota Vikings – Kevin Williams – DT – Oklahoma State
13th – New England Patriots – Ty Warren – DT – Texas A&M
28th – Tennessee Titans – Andre Woolfolk – DB – Oklahoma
30th – San Diego Chargers – Sammy Davis – DB – Texas A&M
45th – New England Patriots – Bethel Johnson – WR – Texas A&M
62nd – San Diego Chargers – Terrence Kiel – FS – Texas A&M
66th – Detroit Lions – Cory Redding – DE – Texas
81st – Washington Redskins – Derrick Dockery – OG – Texas
87th – Miami Dolphins – Taylor Whitley – OG – Texas A&M
90th – Indianapolis Colts – Donald Strickland – DB – Colorado
93rd – Tennessee Titans – Chris Brown – RB – Colorado
97th – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Chris Simms – QB - Texas