2006 Draft Preview: CB Jimmy Williams

The surprise release of Seahawks CB Andre Dyson means the Hawks will be looking to draft at least one if not two cornerbacks when their selections come up in April's NFL Draft. .NET's Ryan Rigmaiden starts his cornerback analysis today with one of the best cover-men to come out of the college ranks in recent years -- Virginia Tech's Jimmy Williams.

1. Jimmy Williams, CB Virginia Tech 6-2,205 (4.40)

NFL Comparison - Nate Clements, Buffalo

Overview -

Huge, imposing size, but can turn and run with wideouts. Great athleticism for such a big cornerback. Excels in man coverage, but can handle zone as well. Hits hard in the running game and isn't afraid of contact. Has played since he was a true freshman and even started at free safety as a sophomore. Needs more consistency, but is a playmaking corner that has all the tools to be a great NFL defensive back. Some teams are looking at him as a free safety.

Against the Pass -

Is very physical and challenges wide receivers. Will aggressively go after the ball and has good hands. Can jump, and catches the ball at its highest point. Uses his size well and can push receivers off their routes. Needs to work on zone coverage and is much better in man coverage at this point. Has big-play ability and can take any interception to the house. Needs to play with more consistency. Looks bored at times.

Against the Run -

Isn't afraid of contact and tackles well. Seals off the edge well and forces traffic back inside. Uses his size well and wraps up.

Roster Impact for Seattle -

Williams has the skills to contribute immediately, possibly as a starter. While he needs work in zone coverage, his physical attributes make him ideal for Seattle's defense. Williams' presence would allow Kelly Herndon, an ideal nickel-corner, to stay inside and work the slot in multiple wide receiver packages.

Draft Projection -

Williams has been at the top of most Draft boards all year and shouldn't fall past the 15th overall pick. Texas' Michael Huff (a player I'm grading as a Safety) might be the first defensive back off the board, but Williams is the best pure corner prospect in the Draft.

Final Analysis -

Williams is a terrific prospect, whether you're grading him as a corner or safety. His size, speed and physical play are what every NFL scout dreams of and if he can play with more consistency, Williams has a good chance of being a Pro Bowler.

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