Jaguars Focus Second Day on Special Teams

With players such as Josh Barrett, Carl Nicks, and Colt Brennan still on the board when the Jaguars picked in round five (twice), the team decided to go the lesser-known route and select former USC Trojan linebacker Thomas Williams, as well as former USF cornerback Trae Williams.

Both Williams' were not full-time starters in college, and are likely selections that will upgrade the Jaguars already solid special teams units. Thomas Williams is listed as a middle linebacker, although he's undersized at 6'1", 227 lbs. Williams ran a very ordinary 4.79 40-yard dash, and most draftniks had him as a likely undrafted free agent.

Scout.com's Tom Marino was a scout in the NFL for over 35 years, and here's what he had to say about Thomas Williams after studying the tape—

Starting primarily as a result of injuries, but showed a solid skill level.. Liked his play instincts and football smarts. Unselfish player with a lot of heart and playing toughness. See him as a limited area player (not going to get to the boundary) and I don't believe him to be as a true asset in pass coverage. Not a fast twitch athlete. Didn't see top play speed or a closing burst. Late round consideration, but is more likely a priority free agent within the league.

As for the Jaguars "other" Williams, Trae, he was mostly a nickel corner at the University of South Florida, and he was largely overshadowed by first-round pick Mike Jenkins (Dallas Cowboys). Williams measures in at 5'9", 193 lbs., and runs a 4.54 40-yard dash. Here's what Marino had to say about Trae Williams

Experienced four year regular. Liked his foot quicks, body control and I felt his hands were outstanding for the position. The problem that I see with this player is that he does not have top speed for the position and is short in stature. Marginal strength and overall effectiveness in press coverage. Was marginal in run support (marginal wrap up tackler who missed too frequently). A nickel back and back up corner. 6th to 7th draft potential.

From the surface it doesn't appear as if the Jaguars newest pair of Williams' were exceptional values in round five. That said, few people ever heard of players such as Chad Nkang, Tony McDaniel, or Montell Owens, who were all drafted late on the second-day or undrafted free agents who have made a solid impact on the team. We will take a wait and see approach with the Jaguars second-day selections until further notice.


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