Williams Joins Rogers, Redding in Detroit

SE <B>Roy Williams</B> was selected by the Detroit Lions with the seventh pick of the first-round, while DT <B>Marcus Tubbs </B>was the Seattle Seahawks first-round choice (No. 23 overall) in Saturday's NFL Draft at New York's Madison Square Garden.

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"We're happy for Roy and Marcus," UT head coach Mack Brown said. "I think Detroit and Seattle will be happy with the type of player and person they have drafted. Both teams have some of our former guys on their roster with Cory (Redding), Rod (Babers) and Shaun (Rogers) in Detroit and D.D. (Lewis) and Cedric (Woodard) in Seattle and they've been happy with them. Roy and Marcus being drafted so highly is a credit to them and our coaching staff. Both of these guys have taken care of their business in the classroom as well as on the football field and I am very proud of them. I'm looking forward to watching them in the NFL."

Williams is the first Longhorn wide receiver to be selected in the first-round since the NewYork Jets chose Johnny "Lam" Jones as the second pick of 1980. He is also one of just four Longhorn wide receivers to have been selected in the first round. The other two were Hub Bechtol (Pittsburgh Steelers/No. 5 pick) in 1947 and Max Baumgardner (Chicago Bears/No. 10 pick) in 1942.

Williams is the latest Longhorn to embark on the Motor City pipeline as he joins former teammates DT/DE Cory Redding and DT Shaun Rogers in a Lions uniform. Williams and Redding shared Offensive and Defensive MVP honors, respectively, in the 2003 Cotton Bowl win over LSU.

Tubbs first-round selection may have raised some eyebrows. Initially projected as a mid-to-late second rounder, Tubbs' stock has soared since Pro Timing Day in Austin last month. Why? NFL scouts know that Tubbs has deceptive speed for his size (6-4, 321) and stands to shore up the Seahawk run defense.

He posted 77 tackles (38 solo), including 12 TFL and 5.5 QB sacks, during his senior campaign. His best game of 2003 (not counting his 11-tackle performance in the loss to Arkansas) was his seven tackle, one sack and one forced fumbling performance in the win at Oklahoma State. The most important play of his entire career was arguably his blocked 36-yard FG attempt to preserve Texas' 17-14 win at Kansas State in 2002.

A three-time first-team All-Big 12 selection, Williams established Longhorn career records for receptions (241), receiving yards (3,866), TD receptions (36), consecutive games with a reception (47/tied NCAA Record) and 100-yard receiving games (16). He recorded three of the top four reception seasons, and two of the top four receiving yardage campaigns, in school history. He's the only receiver in UT history to record two 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Williams averaged 32 yards on his 36 career TD catches. As a true freshman in 2000, he recorded the second-longest catch in UT history with a 96-yard TD grab from QB Major Applewhite against Oklahoma State.

Rounds 4-7 continue 10 a.m. (CDT) on ESPN2. Longhorns Nathan Vasher, who projected to go on the Draft's first day, B.J. Johnson, Sloan Thomas and Kalen Thornton, are potential second day picks.

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