- I can't even begin to express how happy I was that we got him (doesn't hurt that i went to VT either, lol). Before the draft I felt like we needed another DB above all other positions, and after the run in the first round I started to get a little nervous. Well that fact that we got Abraham with our first and then JWill with the second, well hell, how could we have done any better there? Plus we still have our Vick insurance.
About 1-2 months ago, Kiper had JWill as the 9th best player, I'll repeat that, the 9th best player on the whole draft board. We here and draft analyst at the time were projecting him to our first pick, at 15, not 37 where we got him. The only reason he dropped like a rock was perceived attitude problems. Having followed all the VT games for forever, I just don't see it. The only thing he could be confused with is "athletic arrogance", which is the same thing pep knocked DeLo for, and we see how that turned out. We got the steal of the draft IMO, and now look at our secondary. I mean in two years which CB are you gonna challenge, JWill with the knockout/shutdown potential or DeLo with the shutdown/pick potential. Unbelievable!!http://www.dailypress.com/sports/column ... columnists
HAMPTON -- Jimmy Williams sweated for more than five hours during Saturday's NFL draft.
Early on, he frowned. He fretted. He fidgeted.
After the 12th selection, Williams retreated to a private area of the huge hotel suite he'd rented to host more than two dozen friends and family members for a draft-day celebration.
After the 22nd pick, he took a drive around Hampton.
The first round came and went, and Williams, a consensus All-American once projected to be a high- to mid-first-round pick, was on the draft board as one of the five best athletes still available.
"He's hurting," James Williams Sr., his father, said. "He doesn't understand why this is happening."
The Williams camp learned this week that questions about Williams' attitude would drop him lower in the draft. Now the free fall was playing itself out on national television.
Williams wasn't the only marquee player still looking for a team. Southern Cal running back LenDale White, who has a national championship ring, was also an NFL player-in-waiting.
But White, the eventual 45th player chosen, was of little concern to the people in the Presidential Suite of Embassy Suites in Hampton.
These were Williams' parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and cousins and former teammates dating back to peewee football and AAU basketball. They included current Hokies D.J. Parker (Phoebus), Chris Ellis (Bethel) and Brenden Hill (Warwick). They included future Hokie Matt Wright (Phoebus) and Bethel basketball star Duke Crews, who is headed to Tennessee in the fall.
"I want the younger guys to know what's possible for them if they continue to work hard," Williams said. "I think Chris (Ellis, a defensive end) has the potential to be invited to New York next year as one of the top players."
Williams, who played his senior season at Bethel after transferring from Hampton, wanted to share his special day with them all.
But the script wasn't cooperating, so Williams took a car ride to have a talk with the man upstairs - and he wasn't referring to James Williams Sr., who was as shocked and upset as his son.
"After the 22nd pick, I had to leave the hotel; I had to talk to God," Williams said. He said he sought guidance to get him through the draft and to use the experience as a motivator for when he's in the NFL.
"I was at the point where all I wanted was for someone to give me a shot," he said.
Around the same time Elizabeth Williams, Jimmy's mom, was saying her son "would get through this."
"All his life he's had to fight," Elizabeth Williams said. "But that's what makes him strong. That's what makes him the player that he is. That's his gift."
A short time later, the Williams' prayers would be answered, and it was like a script written by Virginia Tech drama students.
Williams was going to play football for the Atlanta Falcons, whose roster already includes several former Hokies, including quarterback Michael Vick and Williams' former teammates Bryan Randall and DeAngelo Hall.
The Falcons had traded up to pick No. 37 so they could select Williams.
When Williams came into Suite 1030 and shouted, "I'm going to the ATL," the room erupted as if the Hokies had won the national championship.
He was going to the NFL's Hokie Heaven.
"I think God put me there," Williams said. "I always said all things happen for a reason. I'm just glad (Atlanta) coach (Jim) Mora came and got me."