Broncos add Cornerback Darrent Williams

Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos take cornerback Darrent WIlliams with their first pick (2nd round) of the 2005 NFL Draft

With their first pick in the NFL's 2005 Draft the Denver Broncos have added cornerback Darrent Williams from Oklahoma State University.

Considered an outstanding pass defender with excellent speed and good hands, Williams was a consensus All-Big 12 Conference choice in 2003. He delivered a career-high 66 tackles (49 solos) with four stops for losses. He ranked second in the conference with six interceptions, returning two for touchdowns. He also deflected 17 passes. Williams also provided stellar play on special teams, returning 13 punts for 233 yards (17.9 average) and two touchdowns while adding 83 yards on four kickoff returns (20.8 average).

The biggest concerns appear to be injuries and off-field problems.

Williams has had durability and character issues ever since arriving at Oklahoma State. During his freshman year he had a positive drug test (marijuana), but has worked hard to steer clear of those problems since. He is also not a real threat on run support and some insiders consider him to have a major problem with work ethic. Under the leadership of a structured environment, such as Mike Shanhan's, many feel that this should improve.

2003:Suffered a leg contusion vs. Oklahoma. Played the following week vs. Texas, but then was forced to sit out the Kansas and Baylor contests.
2004: Fractured his right forearm vs. Iowa State, sitting out the Colorado, Texas A&M, Missouri and Oklahoma contests. Returned vs. Texas wearing a soft cast, leaving the game after four plays complaining of numbness in the arm. Did not play with the defensive unit vs. Baylor and Texas Tech.

4.34 in the 40-yard dash... 315-pound bench press... 450-pound squat... 275-pound hang clean... 39.5-inch vertical jump... 29 1/4-inch arm length... 9 1/2-inch hands... Right-handed... 17/24 Wonderlic score.

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