2006 Draft Preview: Wide Receiver

A quick look at the bio for Wisconsin wide receiver Brandon Williams shows that the talented senior was a journalism major in college. That should help the speedy wideout in his dealings with the media, right?

Maybe not.

Upon closer inspection, Williams was actually an agricultural journalism major, meaning he could probably write about threshers and John Deere tractors all day long.

But the only thing the 5-10, 175-pound Williams has in common with those things on the football field is that he closely resembles a deer when he has the ball in his hands, where his shiftiness really comes into play.

A standout from the get-go at Wisconsin, the St. Louis native caught 202 passes for 2,924 yards and nine touchdowns for the Badgers. He was also an excellent return man, averaging 14.6 yards per punt attempt and 28.0 yards per kickoff return as a senior. He returned two punts for touchdowns.

Williams may not ever be a No. 1 receiver at the NFL-level, but he would provide the team with a solid return man and No. 3 receiver in the vein of recently departed Antwaan Randle El.

Williams would likely be a second or third-round pick for the Steelers, who will be in the market to add one or even two receivers in this year's draft.

In the first round, if top-rated prospects Santonio Holmes or Chad Jackson fall to the bottom of the round, the Steelers would be awfully tempted to add them to their roster.

While this is not a great year for wide receivers in the draft, other wideouts who would be first-day possibilities include Oregon's Demetrius Williams or Todd Watkins from BYU.

In the mid-to-late rounds, the Steelers may look at Williams' Wisconsin teammate, Jonathan Orr, Miami (Ohio) wideout Martin Nance, Western Michigan's Greg Jennings, Domenik Hixon from Akron or former Penn State quarterback Michael Robinson.

Courtesy of the Observer-Reporter

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