In the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft the Chargers selected Steve Williams, a cornerback out of Cal. Williams is known for his blazing speed and playmaking ability. Prior to be drafting, he put up a solid performance at the NFL combine. Steve posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.34 seconds and a 40.5 inch vertical leap. Additionally, he had a 6.89 second 3-cone time and a 10’8″ broad jump. All of these numbers show that he has great speed and is an explosive athlete.
Standing 5’9″ and weighing in at 185 pounds, it’s clear that Williams is a bit undersized. But don’t ignore the numbers posted above. What he lacks in size he makes up for with great leaping ability, speed and instincts. During his collegiate career as a Golden Bear, he posted 150 total tackles, 6 interceptions, 25 pass breakups and 31 passes defensed. He also forced three fumbles. As seen by his tackle totals, he is a willing tackler that uses solid form when going in to make stops against opposing offensive players.
The Charger secondary was in serious need of adding speed among its ranks. They did just that when the took Williams. Unfortunately for the team and Steve, he suffered a season-ending injury against the Chicago Bears in the preseason when he tore his pectoral muscle. Williams would spend the rest of the year on injured reserve, relegated to taking mental reps in an effort to learn the defense.
Though it is still weeks before training camp begins, Steve has been impressive thus far in OTAs and mini-camp. Granted, the team has yet to do any full contact drills, multiple media outlets have said that he has done a good job in what drills are employed during the early portions of the offseason.
Tom Telesco has done a solid job upgrading the secondary this offseason with the drafting of Jason Verrett and the recent free agent signing of former Kansas City Chief Brandon Flowers. With Shareece Wright slated to start at one of the cornerback positions, the team’s former weakness can now become a strength. Add in a healthy Steve Williams and the competition at corner will be fierce. Having so many quality players at one spot is a good problem to have. Though time on the field will have to be earned, I expect Williams to do just that in 2014 and beyond.
Telesco went into the offseason stating that adding speed and playmakers on this team was going to be a focus moving forward. Williams is a playmaker with great speed and he fits the mold of what the Chargers need to be a successful team this season.
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