Williams A Potential First-Rounder

Only one Longhorn has a strong shot to hear his name called tonight when they kick off the 2011 NFL Draft.

Aaron Williams, Texas's lone early-entry into the draft this season, has received some interest at the bottom of the first round NFL com analyst Mike Mayock puts Williams at the No 31 pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers, citing Williams' ability to step in and play the nickel back spot immediately

That's a role that Williams played well for the Longhorns a year ago, using his playmaking ability to earn second-team All-Big 12 He recorded 46 tackles, 30 of them solo, had one sack and led the Longhorns with 13 passes broken up Showing his versatility, Williams also had five tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and blocked a punt

Over his last two years, he had 11 tackles for loss, a great number for any defensive back, and forced five fumbles As a freshman, he blocked four punts, tying for first all-time on Texas's single season lists

Williams saw his stock drop a bit with a 4 56 40 time, though he also put up an impressive 4 07 shuttle and leaped vertically almost 38 inches His 10-7 broad jump tied him for fourth among cornerbacks

Williams improved his 40 time at Texas's Pro Day, running in the 4 4s while impressing in positional drills At 6-foot and more than 200 pounds, he's also seen as big enough to develop into one of the best free safeties in the draft That versatility gives him a grade of late first round, early second

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