The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took the risk we were all wondering who would make, by selecting enigmatic WR Mike Williams in the fourth round, the number 101 pick overall.
What may be the most interesting tidbit comes from the Bucs GM Mark Dominik. Apparently, it may have been HCDM who helped convince the Bucs on the player they may have spent the most time evaluating.
“I believe as a scouting staff we put the most time into this player – more than anybody – because it was that important,” Dominik said. “He was one of the 30 visits to this organization so we could spend a full day with him.
“I’ve had multiple conversations with Doug Marrone, the head coach at Syracuse University, and at the end of the day, I feel very good about our selection and about the talent he brings. I wouldn’t bring somebody in here if I didn’t feel comfortable about it. I don’t think anybody spent more time with him than the Buccaneers did and I think we’re going to reap the rewards for it.”
Kind of surprising that Marrone put in a good word or two on Mike’s behalf. Of course the Bucs didn’t put all their WR eggs in one basket. Illinois’ talented Arrelious Benn was drafted in the second round. At least with Williams on a roster, it will be now on his shoulders to see if he can really become “the steal of the draft.”
The National Football post called Williams:
National Football Post: He might very well be the most talented wideout in the entire draft. He runs well and possesses explosive leaping ability. However, there is a list of character concerns a mile long that caused him to fall.
At the end of the day the potential of Mike Williams was worth the risk at this spot in the draft. The NFL won’t tolerate any more of his character issues, so hopefully he has learned from his mistakes and is ready to make his mark in the NFL.