In a surprise move, the Detroit Lions were able to acquire an additional second round draft choice (the 37th overall pick) from the Cleveland Browns, only moving down one spot and drafting Texas standout receiver Roy Williams with the seventh overall pick.
The Lions previously held the sixth overall pick, but received several phone calls and offers in effort by other teams to move up into that position. Cleveland, dangling a second round pick, coveted Miami standout tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr. and were able to complete that deal with Detroit.
Barring a trade in attempt to acquire running back Steven Jackson later in the draft, Williams will be paired with last year's second overall pick Charles Rogers, handing third year quarterback Joey Harrington one of the youngest, yet talented receiving combinations in the National Football League.
The Lions receiving department struggled mightily last year, dropping the ball occasionally and making it difficult for Harrington to move the offense. After acquiring Tai Streets during the off-season, and the return of Az-Zahir Hakim and a healthy Rogers, the drafting of Williams is a welcoming sight to Lions' fans expecting more offensively from the Lions and Harrington.
IN-DEPTH SCOUTING REPORT ON ROY WILLIAMS
Texas Year 4Sr
Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 212 40: 4.42 Pos: WR
Bio: Made a major impact on the Texas program as a freshman and has won varying degrees of All Conference honors since the 2000 season. Led Texas in receiving the past three seasons most recently totaling 70/1,079/9 in '03 after 64/1,142/12 as a junior when he set a school record for touchdown receptions. Sophomore totals included 67/836/7 after 40/809/8 in 2000 when he was tabbed Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.
Pos: Big, playmaking receiver that is a scoring threat every time he handles the ball. Quickly gets off the line defeating jams by opponents, has a burst of speed and runs solid routes. Sharp into patterns, stays low on exit and immediately positions himself to make the reception. Shields defenders from the action with his large frame and protects the pass, quickly transitioning up the field after the reception. Extends his hands, offers the quarterback a nice target and comes down with the ball in a crowd. Tough to cover and easily separates from opponents. Picks up positive yardage running with the ball and is both elusive and strong. Makes the reception in stride running laterally, has excellent deep speed yet controls the game as a possession receiver in the underneath coverage. Also intelligent and knows where the chains are on third down. Effective blocker when focused on the task at hand.
Neg: Does not always play with a sense of urgency and comes across as a prospect that will take it or leave it. Does not always attack blocking assignments. Bothered by hamstring injuries throughout his junior campaign. Does not always show up for the big game.
Analysis: A receiver that dominates, Williams possesses the physical skills that warrant a very early selection at the top of the draft but does not come across as someone that always plays like the game is on the line. Possessing more upside than any player in this draft, Williams will be a value pick anywhere after the third choice if he plays to his level.