Williams was the Jaguars starting right tackle from the time he was selected by the team in the second-round of the 2001 draft, right up until last spring when the Jaguars signed free agent right tackle Tony Pashos.
Despite Williams' demotion on the depth chart, he didn't complain, re-worked his contract (which involved taking a pay cut), and continued to work hard just in case he was called upon. Jaguars starting right guard Chris Naeole went down with a quadriceps injury after the Jaguars eighth game of the season which placed him on injured reserve, and Williams was forced into active duty in a position that was slightly unfamiliar to him (guard). All Williams did was play well throughout the rest of the season, and the Jaguars offense finished third in points scored over the time that Williams was in.
Now that Williams will likely be moving to greener pastures (apologies to Mo for the cattle reference), the Jaguars may be interested in another offensive lineman who is multi-functional in terms of positions. That player could be the University of Virginia's Branden Albert. Branden Albert is hearing that he could be playing guard or tackle in the NFL after gaining some game experience at both positions in college. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman is confident he could play either role at the next level.
"Because of my size, I'm bigger than most guards," he explained during a recent Scout.com interview. "And I can play tackle because of my athleticism."
Albert started all 36 games of his college career before opting to head to the NFL following his junior year. Branden earned All-ACC honors in 2007, and consistently graded out at better than 80% last season. The former basketball player's attributes include rare size and athleticism for his position, as well as a nasty streak. Scout.com has him rated as the #3 offensive guard prospect in the 2008 draft. Albert is slated as a possible second or third round pick.
Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of JagNation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, MySpace Sports and Sportsillustrated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.
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