First-Round Book on ... Williams

With NFL Scouting's detailed breakdowns, which are provided to teams for their draft preparation, we present the players who are possibilities for the Green Bay Packers with the 32nd pick of the first round. Get to know Texas' Aaron Williams, the sixth player in our series.

Aaron Williams

Cornerback/Free Safety/Return Specialist

University of Texas Longhorns

No. 4

5-foot-11 7/8, 204 pounds

Round Rock, Texas: McNeil High School (Austin, Texas)

As National Football League wide receivers continue to grow in size, more teams are employing bigger players on the outside of their secondary that can match up physically. Williams is one of several cornerbacks available in the 2011 draft that fits the bill, boasting impressive size and strength. He's also an explosive hitter having forced six fumbles in his three-year collegiate career, and although he has the talent to stay at cornerback, Williams may find that his best pro position is at safety.

Williams played a crucial role in rebuilding a Longhorns secondary that was one of the nation's poorest units during his true freshman season. In 2008, Williams played in all 13 games with just one start while Texas finished seventh in the Big Twelve Conference and 104th in the country in pass defense, allowing 259.38 aerial yards per game.

As a sophomore in 2009, Williams started 13 games he played in and the Longhorns secondary saw a dramatic increase in effectiveness. Texas placed second in the Big Twelve Conference and 19th in the nation, allowing 179.57 yards passing per game.

In his final collegiate campaign, he helped Texas produce one of the nation's elite secondary units. He started nine of the eleven games he played in and the Longhorns ranked second in the league and sixth nationally, surrendering just 161.58 aerial yards per game.

Williams was one of the prized recruits in Texas' 2008 class, hailing from nearby McNeil High School. He was given the highest rating of five-stars by Scout.com, as that recruiting service listed him as the second-best cornerback in the nation. Rivals.com rated him a four-star prospect while ranking him as the top safety and 36th overall player in the country, as well as the fourth recruit in the state of Texas.

As a senior, Williams led the McNeil Mavericks to a 4-6 overall record while seeing action at defensive back, wide receiver and quarterback. He delivered 141 tackles, 10 sacks, three interceptions and two blocked kicks. On offense, he gained 257 yards with 14 touchdowns on 34 carries (7.56 ypc), 99 yards on eight receptions (12.38 ypc) and 37 yards on two pass completions. He also returned six kickoffs for 218 yards (36.33 avg) and one touchdown.

Williams' exploits on the gridiron saw him become one of the most decorated players in the country. He earned All-American status from Parade Magazine and was a second-team All-American choice by EA Sports. USA Today also listed him as a second-team member of its All-USA squad. Locally, he was a 5A All-State first-team choice by the Texas Sports Writers Association and the Associated Press. He added All-District 14-5A and All-CenTex honors.

As one of the most highly regarded prep players in the nation, Williams could've attended any school of his choosing. His main suitors included Baylor University, the University of Southern California and the University of Texas. In the end, the decision was an easy one for Williams, as the local product signed with his hometown Longhorns. "It's definitely a dream come true for me," Williams said. "I grew up right down the street from the school and I've always been a big fan."

Williams enrolled at the University of Texas in 2008 and immediately provided depth in a secondary that had just graduated its two starting cornerbacks from the previous season in Ryan Palmer and Brandon Foster. The true freshman played in all 13 games and even started vs. Texas Tech when the Longhorns opened in a dime package.

Williams notched fifteen tackles (nine solos) in his inaugural campaign, including a four-yard stop for loss. He also caused one fumble and recovered another. His heads up play in coverage saw him deflected two passes and intercept another, returning it 81 yards for a touchdown. He also emerged as a special teams ace and managed to block four punts. He added 26 yards on a kickoff return.

Despite playing his sophomore season with multiple injuries, Williams missed just one contest and started 13 games in which he played. He showed his versatility by starting eight times at left cornerback, four at nickel back and another at right cornerback.

He finished 11th among Longhorns defenders with 36 tackles (26 solos), including two sacks for minus 21 yards and 5.5 stops for combined losses of 26 yards. Williams intercepted three pass attempts and deflected three others while adding two forced fumbles and a quarterback pressure. He also gained 27 yards on a kickoff return.


Aaron Williams
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Williams entered his junior season with national acclaim, as he was named to Watch Lists for the Bednarik Award (top college defender), Bronko Nagurski Trophy (top college defender) and Jim Thorpe Award (top college defensive back). He started 9-of-11 games he played in and missed one contest due to injury.

The third-year cornerback ranked eighth among Texas defenders with a career-high 46 tackles (30 solos), including one sack for minus six yards and five stops for combined losses of 12 yards. He placed ninth in the conference in passes defended (0.91 per game), as he totaled 10 pass deflections. He caused three fumbles, blocked one punt and added 86 yards on 11 punt returns (7.82 avg). Williams' efforts earned All-Big 12 Conference second-team accolades.

At the conclusion of the 2010 season, Williams announced he would forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2011 National Football League Draft. "It was a really hard decision," he said. "I'm going miss to all of my teammates and coaches, and I'll always be a Longhorn, but I felt it was the best decision for me and my family. It's time to start working on my dream that I've been preparing for all my life."

Career notes

Williams started 23-of-37 games for Texas – nine at nickel, eight at left cornerback, five at right cornerback and one at dime…Recorded 97 tackles (65 solos) with three sacks for minus 27 yards and 11.5 stops for combined losses of 42 yards…Gained 81 yards with one touchdown on four interceptions (20.25 avg)…Deflected 15 other pass attempts…Caused six fumbles and recovered another…Blocked fiv punts and added one quarterback pressure…Also gained 86 yards on 11 punt returns (7.82 avg) and 53 yards on two kickoff returns (26.50 avg).

2010 season

All-American Dream Team second-team pick by The NFL Draft Report…All-Big Twelve Conference second-team selection…Member of Watch Lists for the Bednarik Award (top college defender), Bronko Nagurski Trophy (top college defender) and Jim Thorpe Award (top college defensive back)…Started 9-of-11 games he played in – five at nickel, four at right cornerback – missing one contest due to injury…Ranked eighth on the team with 46 tackles (30 solos), including one sack for minus six yards and five stops for combined losses of 12 yards…Cause three fumbles, placing third in the conference in that category (0.27 per game)…Key member of a secondary that finished second in the second in the Big 12 and sixth in the country in pass defense (161.58 ypg), as well as fifth in the conference and 36th nationally in pass efficiency defense (118.92 avg)…Ranked ninth in the Big 12 in passes defended (0.91 per game), as he totaled 10 pass deflections, including one on third-down…Made 28 stops vs. the aerial attack, holding receivers to 279 yards (9.96 ypc) and 12 first downs on those receptions, as he made six third-down stops…Made 17 stops vs. the ground game, limiting runners to 88 yards (5.18 ypc) and two first downs, as he made three third-down stops…Delivered two of his hits inside the red zone and added one tackle on the punt coverage unit…Blocked one punt…Gained 86 yards on 11 punt returns (7.82 avg).

2010 game analysis

Rice…Williams opened the season with three tackles (two solos) and a pass deflection while adding 25 yards on three punt returns…During a third quarter drive, the cornerback broke up a pass intended for Corbin Smiter…He forced a punt later in the third frame by stopping Vance McDonald short of a conversion on a third-&-22 reception…Williams Defensive Impact-The defender posted two stop vs. the aerial attack, limiting receivers to 13 yards and one first down on those receptions, as he made two third-down stops and deflected one pass attempt…Made one stop vs. the ground game, holding the runner to four yards…Part of a defense that allowed 131 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 12-of-18 passing, and 219 yards in total offense on 60 plays (3.7 avg).

Wyoming…Williams held the opposition to three-and-out during a first quarter possession by stopping Austyn Carta-Samuels short of a conversion on a third-&-9 rushing attempt…

The cornerback finished with five tackles (one solo) and added 31 yards on two punt returns…Williams Defensive Impact-The defender posted four stops vs. the aerial attack, limiting receivers to 21 yards and one first down on those receptions…Made one stop vs. the ground game, holding the runner to eight yards, as he made one third-down stop…Part of a defense that allowed 199 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions on 20-of-31 passing, and 257 yards in total offense on 61 plays (4.2 avg).

Texas Tech…Williams held the opposition to three-and-out during an early first quarter series, as he deflected a pass intended for Detron Lewis and then tackled the receiver short of a conversion on a third-&-10 reception…The junior caused another three-and-out in the four frame, as he tackled Alex Torres for a two-yard loss on third-&-10…He finished with three solo stops and a pass deflection while also returning one punt for no gain…

Williams Defensive Impact-The defender posted three stops vs. the aerial attack, limiting receivers to 23 yards and one first down on those receptions, as he made three third-down stops and deflected one pass attempt…Part of a defense that allowed 158 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions on 21-of-36 passing, and 144 yards in total offense on 54 plays (2.7 avg).

UCLA…Williams posted three solo stops, all of which went for losses…During a first quarter drive, he hit Johnathan Franklin for a one-yard loss and caused the tailback to fumble. Sam Acho recovered for Texas, who converted the turnover into a field goal on the ensuing possession…Williams sacked Kevin Prince for a six-yard loss in the second frame and forced another fumble, as Emmanuel Acho recovered for the Longhorns…He added a one-yard stop for loss on Derrick Coleman in the third frame…Williams Defensive Impact-The defender posted three stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to minus eight yards…Part of a defense that allowed 27 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions on 5-of-9 passing, and 291 yards in total offense on 65 plays (4.5 avg).

Oklahoma…Williams delivered six tackles (four solos) with two pass deflections and added 13 yards on three carries…In the third frame, the cornerback broke up a pass by Landry Jones intended for Cameron Kenney, as the opposition was held to three-and-out on the drive…Williams Defensive Impact-The defender posted five stop vs. the aerial attack, limiting receivers to 46 yards and four first downs on those receptions, as he deflected two pass attempts…Added one tackle on the punt coverage unit…Part of a defense that allowed 236 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions on 24-of-39 passing, and 360 yards in total offense on 91 plays (4.0 avg).

Nebraska…Williams held the opposition to three-and-out during a second quarter drive, as he stopped Niles Paul short of a conversion on a third-&-18 reception…Later in the second frame, he tackled Taylor Martinez at the line of scrimmage for no gain and caused the quarterback to fumble, as Mike Caputo recovered to maintain possession for Nebraska…In the third quarter, Williams tackled Paul for a two-yard loss after a reception…He finished with eight tackles (four solos) and added 17 yards on one punt return…Williams Defensive Impact-The defender posted four stop vs. the aerial attack, limiting receivers to 23 yards on those receptions, as he made one third-down stop…Made four stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to eight yards, as he took down one ball carrier at the line of scrimmage for no gain…Part of a defense that allowed 77 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions on 8-of-21 passing, and 202 yards in total offense on 65 plays (3.1 avg).

Iowa State…Williams recorded two tackles (one solos) and returned one punt for no gain…Williams Defensive Impact-The defender posted one stop vs. the aerial attack, limiting the receiver to 10 yards on that reception…Made one stop vs. the ground game, holding the runner to three yards…Part of a defense that allowed 136 yards, two touch-downs and one interception on 11-of-23 passing, and 335 yards in total offense on 68 plays (4.9 avg).

Baylor…Williams tackled Josh Gordon after a nine-yard reception in the first frame and deflected a pass intended for the receiver during a fourth quarter drive…Williams Defensive Impact-The defender posted one stop vs. the aerial attack, limiting the receiver to nine yards on that reception, as he deflected one pass attempt…Part of a defense that allowed 219 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 16-of-24 passing, and 328 yards in total offense on 62 plays (5.3 avg).

Oklahoma State…The cornerback contributed five solo tackles…Williams Defensive Impact-The defender posted four stops vs. the aerial attack, limiting receivers to 56 yards and two first downs on those receptions…Made one stop vs. the ground game, holding the runner to three yards…Part of a defense that allowed 409 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 29-of-43 passing, and 532 yards in total offense on 75 plays (7.1 avg).

Florida Atlantic…Williams blocked a punt during a first quarter drive and deflected a pass intended for Lester Jean in the second frame…The cornerback broke up two more passes intended for Jean during third- and fourth-quarter drives, as he finished with four solo tackles and three pass deflections…Williams Defensive Impact-The defender posted two stops vs. the aerial attack, limiting receivers to 60 yards and two first downs on those receptions, as he deflected three pass attempts…Made two stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to 38 yards and one first down, as he made one third-down stop…Part of a defense that allowed 210 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 11-of-27 passing, and 298 yards in total offense on 62 plays (4.8 avg).

Texas A&M…Williams closed out the season with six tackles (two solos) and two pass deflections…He forced a punt during a first quarter drive by breaking up a third-&-7 pass intended for Ryan Swope…Williams Defensive Impact-The defender posted two stops vs. the aerial attack, limiting receivers to 18 yards and one first down on those receptions, as he made one third-down stop and deflected two passes, including one on a third-down attempts…Made four stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to 32 yards and one first down, as he made one third-down stop…Part of a defense that allowed 128 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions on 14-of-30 passing, and 366 yards in total offense on 66 plays (5.5 avg).


Aaron Williams — Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

2009 season

Started all 13 games he played in – eight at left cornerback, four at nickel and one at right cornerback – missing one contest vs. Central Florida due to injury…Ranked 11th among Longhorns defenders with 36 tackles (25 solos), including two sacks for minus 21 yards and 5.5 stops for combined losses of 26 yards…Key member of a secondary that finished second in the Big 12 and 19th in the country in pass defense (179.57 ypg), as well as third in the conference and 10th nationally in pass efficiency defense (100.48 avg)… Registered three interceptions and deflected three other pass attempts…Caused two fumbles…Also gained 27 yards on one kickoff return.

2009 game highlights

Wyoming…On the second play from scrimmage, Williams tackled David Leonard for a two-yard loss on a reception…The cornerback hit Alvester Alexander and caused the tailback to fumble during a third quarter drive, as Sam Acho recovered for Texas…Finished with two solo tackles.

Texas Tech…Williams deflected a pass intended for Alex Torres in the first frame and tackled Edward Britton for a one-yard loss on a reception early in the second quarter…A series later, the cornerback stopped Eric Stephens for another loss of one-yard after a reception…Williams hit Britton on a reception later in the second quarter and caused the receiver to fumble, but Torres recovered for the opposition…Finished with seven tackles (five solos).

Oklahoma…Williams notched three solo tackles, including a 13-yard sack of Sam Bradford during the opponent's second possession…On a late fourth quarter third-&-6 attempt, he intercepted Landry Jones at the opponent's 20-yard line.

Baylor…During the opponent's first possession, Williams deflected a pass intended for Ernest Smith on second-&-goal and the intercepted Nick Florence in the end zone a play later on third-down…He held the opposition to three-and-out during a second quarter drive, as he deflected a third-&-7 pass intended for Kendall Wright.

Nebraska (Big 12 Championship)…Williams picked off a pass by Zac Lee in the end zone early in the second quarter…He stopped Roy Helu at the line of scrimmage for no gain in the third frame and finished with five tackles (two solos).

Other Notable Performances…Opened the season with two solo stops vs. Louisiana-Monroe, adding 27 yards on a kickoff return…Posted three tackles (two solos) vs. Texas-El Paso…Assisted on one stop and had a quarterback pressure vs. Colorado…Notched five solo tackles vs. Missouri, including a one-yard stop for loss…Deflected two passes vs. Baylor…Delivered three solo stops with an eight-yard sack vs. Kansas…Assisted on two tackles vs. Texas A&M…Had three tackles (two solos) in the BCS National Championship vs. Alabama.

2008 season

Freshman All-American selection as a special teams performer by The NFL Draft Report… Played in all 13 games and started vs. Texas Tech when the Longhorns defense opened in their dime package…Key member of a secondary that finished seventh in the Big Twelve Conference and 104th in the country in pass defense (259.38 ypg), as well as second in the conference and 59th nationally in pass efficiency defense (124.21 avg)… Registered fifteen tackles (nine solos), including one stop for a loss of four yards… Returned his only interception 81 yards for a touchdown…Deflected three other passes, as he caused two fumbles and recovered another…Blocked four punts…Gained 26 yards on his only kickoff return.

2008 game highlights

Arkansas…During a fourth quarter drive, Williams intercepted Tyler Wilson on third-&-10 and returned it 81 yards to the end zone for a touchdown…Added one solo tackle.

Colorado…Williams hit Riar Geer after an eight-yard reception in the fourth quarter and caused the tight end to fumble, as Rashad Bobino recovered the loose ball for the Longhorns…Finished with three solo stops.

Texas Tech…Williams deflected a pass intended for Baron Batch in the first quarter and tackled the running back for a four-yard loss on a reception in the second frame…A series later, Michael Crabtree fumbled the football and Williams recovered, leading to a Texas field goal on the ensuing drive…The freshman held the opposition to a field goal on its next possession, as he deflected a third-&-4 pass inside the red zone…Also blocked a kick.

Other Notable Performances…Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener vs. Florida Atlantic and assisted on two tackles…Blocked a pair of punts and added a solo tackle vs. Texas-El Paso…Assisted on one stop vs. Rice…Notched three tackles (two solos) vs. Oklahoma… Assisted on one stop vs. Oklahoma State…Assisted on a tackle and added 26 yards on a kickoff return vs. Baylor…Blocked a second quarter punt and added a solo stop vs. Texas A&M.

Injury report

2008 Season…Played sparingly vs. Kansas (11/15) while suffering from the flu…Returned to full health the following week vs. Texas A&M (11/27).

2009 Season…Strained his right knee vs. Oklahoma State (10/31) and missed the following week's game vs. Central Florida (11/07)…Suffered a leg injury vs. Kansas (11/21) and was limited vs. Texas A&M (11/26).

2010 Season…Suffered a concussion after colliding with his teammate vs. Baylor (10/30) and missed the following week's game vs. Kansas State (11/06)…Returned vs. Oklahoma State (11/13).

Campus agility tests

4.62 40-yard dash (electronic)…1.60 10-yard dash…2.69 20-yard dash…4.07 20-yard shuttle…11.35 60-yard shuttle…6.72 three-cone drill…37 1/2-inch vertical jump…10'7" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 18 times…31 1/2-inch arm length…9 1/4-inch hands…75 3/4-inch wingspan.

High school

Attended McNeil High School (Austin, TX), playing football for head coach Robert Wilcox… All-American selection by Parade Magazine and second-team choice by EA Sports…All-USA second-team selection by USA Today…5A All-State first-team choice by the Texas Sports Writers Association and the Associated Press…All-District 14-5A and All-CenTex honoree…Super Team first-team selection by Dave Campbell's Texas Football…Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a member of the West team…Saw action at defensive back, wide receiver and quarterback in his two years as a starter, totaling 277 tackles with 10 sacks, two forced fumbles, five interceptions, 12 blocked kicks, over 600 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns…Led the McNeil Mavericks to a 4-6 overall record as a senior while delivering 141 tackles, 10 sacks, three interceptions and two blocked kicks…Gained 257 yards with 14 touchdowns on 34 carries (7.56 ypc), 99 yards on eight receptions (12.38 ypc), 37 yards on two pass completions and 218 yards with another score on six kickoff returns (36.33 avg)…Earned All-District first-team and All-CenTex second-team accolades as a junior while helping McNeil to a 4-6 overall record…Recorded 136 tackles, five tackles for loss, two interception, two fumble recoveries and 10 blocked kicks…Given the highest rating of five-stars by Scout.com, as that recruiting service listed him as the second-best cornerback in the nation…Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, who ranked him as the top safety and 36th overall player in the country, as well as the fourth recruit in the state of Texas…Chose to attend Texas over scholarship offers from Baylor and Southern Cal…Lettered two-years as an outfielder and utility player on McNeil's baseball team, playing for head coach Andy Dawson…Also a two-year letterman as a member of the school's track and field squad.

Personal

Youth and Community Studies major…Member of the Athletics Director's Honor Roll in Spring of 2010…Father, Anthony Williams, played linebacker at San Francisco State … Uncle, Ken Taylor, played defensive back at Oregon state (1981-84) and was a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX team…Uncle, Eric Townsend, rank track at North Carolina State (1979-82)…Actively involved in community service…Visited with kids from Dell Children's Medical Center on a visit to the Texas football facilities…Participated in mission trips and has coached little league…Born in San Jose, California.


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