You read it correctly, that's right, these two dominant college athletes made the NFL playing brand new positions. Not only have the two made it professionally at their new positions, they have thrived. Williams and Azumah are part of a nucleus, which won the Chicago Bears its first division title since 1991. "Big Cat" has started 102 consecutive games at right tackle for the Chicago Bears, and has also delivered on special teams over his career blocking six field goal attempts. Williams' productivity and leadership justify his position as a leader of the offensive line and as a team captain. "Big Cat" made his first Pro Bowl appearance last season after spending eleven years in the NFL, all of which he played with the Bears. Williams will once again suit up for Chicago, and will be expected to fill the role at right tackle protecting quarterback Jim Miller and creating running lanes for running back Anthony Thomas.
In Azumah's third year in the NFL, he started in five games collecting one interception, two sacks, and 49 tackles. In the Bears 33-19 playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Azumah offered some signs of hope for his future as he intercepted a Donovan McNabb pass and returned it for a touchdown. With the departure of Walt Harris, the Bears look to Azumah to step in as the number two cornerback teamed up with veteran R.W. McQuarters. During the past three seasons, Azumah has served as the "nickel back" or third cornerback on the depth chart. Azumah also put his running skills to use returning punts and kick-offs on special teams. His natural athletic ability has allowed him to make the conversion to cornerback nicely and his progression should continue in this and future seasons.