Another D-Back on Vikings' Radar

The Vikings are one of two teams that like a safety prospect who may or may not get drafted, according to his agent.

Five years ago, Darren Williams was a highly recruited athlete coming out of high school in Mississippi. Coming out of college, his ratings have dropped some, due in part to a mistake he made while contemplating coming out for the NFL draft a year ago.

After playing for Mississippi State for three years, Williams was considering entering the NFL draft after his junior season and, during his time of contemplation, violated unspecified team rules, causing him to be dismissed from the team before the 2005 season.

Williams transferred to Jacksonville State, where he could play in 2005 because it was not an NCAA Division I college, and after a decent season at the smaller school Williams is now hoping to be drafted.

According to Williams' agent, Brian Levy, the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars are two teams that "like him a lot."

The Vikings have visited with several defensive back prospects in the last few weeks, including at least three safety prospects rated higher than Williams.


Full Name: Darren Williams School: Jacksonville State Pos: S

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 190 40: 4.63 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Posted 56/3/5 last year, his only season with Jacksonville State. Dismissed from Mississippi State for violating team rules in February 2005.

Pos: Explosive, run-defending safety with skills in zone coverage. Has a good head for the ball, reads the quarterback and remains with assignments. Aggressive tackler who goes for the knockout blow. Quickly breaks to the action.

Neg: Lacks consistent effort. Likes to showboat and draw attention to himself.

Analysis: A prospect who does not stand out in any single aspect, Williams' best chance to make an NFL roster is on special teams.

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