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AARON WILLIAMS Cornerback Texas Longhorns #3 6:00.0-195-4.49 Round Rock, TX McNeil High School
Scouts like Williams' size and aggressive nature, and have already seen two similar corners from Texas enter the league in recent season. Cedric Griffin was a solid second-round pick (48th overall) for the Vikings in 2006, while Aaron Ross hasn't quite been the player the Giants hoped he would be when they picked him in the first round (20th) of the 2007 draft.
Williams, a Parade High School All-American, played every game as a true freshman and started one game (16 tackles, one for loss, three passes broken up). His four blocked punts in 2008 tied a school record. Williams showed promise as a full-time starter in his sophomore year, making 44 tackles, six for loss, intercepting three passes and breaking up six. Williams was named second-team All-Big 12 by league coaches as a junior in 2010, even though he failed to make an interception in 12 pass deflections. He had 46 tackles, including five for loss, and also forced three fumbles.
Williams received a second-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee because of his prototypical height, short-area quickness and a strong ability to knock away passes. However, he does not play as physically as you would expect given his size and must refine his technique. Expect Williams to be picked at the bottom of the first round of middle of the second.
Read & React: Reads routes well and starts to close when receivers throttle down to catch curl or hitch. Sniffs out bubble screens. Gets fooled on double moves and misdirection when receivers and backs sell their routes. Recognizes run immediately in man or zone coverage and gets around the receiver to make the play.
Man Coverage: His size makes him a prototypical outside corner, able to stay with NFL pass-catchers down the sideline. Usually matches up with opponent's biggest receiver. Shows relatively quick feet when in the slot. Mirrors receivers on most straight-line routes but struggles to stop and return on throws behind him. Stays too high in his pedal, however, lets receivers eat up cushion too quickly. Needs to play more physically; usually plays well off the receiver, fails to land his hands when on the line. Gets pushed around too easily, allowing separation outside.
Zone Coverage: Practiced as a zone defender. Comes off of initial target a bit late, but gets to the ball in a hurry once he picks up the quarterback's read. Adjusts to jerk routes and can change his angle on the fly. Gets a hand on passes thrown over his head when underneath. Lacks great suddenness to change direction with quick slot receivers over the middle.
Closing/Recovery: A bit slow transitioning forward to plant and drive, but likes to make big hits and is tough for receivers to escape when he closes. Owns only adequate hands for the interception; picks off some easy passes but drops high and wide throws when in position to make the play. Able to knock away passes by swiping his long arm in front of receivers and winning jump balls. Lacks recovery speed if beaten off the line and does not gain ground running down the field.
Run Support: Solid run defender on the edge. Not afraid to take on large outside receivers and reacts quickly to get around potential blockers to make the tackle on running plays to his side of the field. Gets outside of the blocker to funnel plays back inside, but could do a better job shedding blocks when he's not able to elude them. Takes deep angles to be a last line of defense.
Tackling: Inconsistent tackler who displays the length and aggressiveness to wrap up ballcarriers but lacks great strength. Like to hit running backs on the edge and usually leads with a shoulder. Gives good effort, coming off his man to help teammates and laying out to make ankle tackles. Blitzes effectively due to his straight-line speed and size. Height can be a detriment against smaller, quicker ballcarriers; will leave his feet instead of dropping his hips to wrap and tackle. Gets dragged for extra yardage by stronger receivers.
Intangibles: Showed great maturity working though disappointing dropped punt against Oklahoma last fall. Missed UCF game in 2009 with a right knee injury. Uncle, Ken Taylor, played defensive back at Oregon State (1981-84) and Super Bowl XX champion Chicago Bears.
Three-year defensive back who appeared in 37 games, including 23 starts in his last 26 games, at cornerback and on special teams ... declared for the NFL Draft as a junior ... 2010 Nagurski Trophy and Thorpe Award watch lists ... second-team All-Big 12 in 2010 ... posted 106 tackles (64 solo), three sacks, 12 TFL, three pressures, four INTs, 24 PBU, six forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and five blocked punts (No. 2 on UT's all-time list) for his career ... also had 11 punt returns for 86 yards (7.8 ypr) for his career ... started nine of the 11 games in which he played in 2010 ... led the team with 13 PBU, to go along with 46 tackles, one sack, five TFL, three forced fumbles and one blocked punt ... started 13 games at cornerback in 2009, missing the UCF game with an injury ... compiled 44 tackles (25 solo), two sacks, six TFL, three pressures, three INTs, eight PBU and two forced fumbles ... appeared in all 13 games, starting one, at cornerback and on special teams as a true freshman in 2008 ... recorded 16 tackles, three PBU, a pressure, a TFL, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, four blocked punts (T-No. 1 on UT's single-season list) and returned an INT 81 yards for a TD ... tied for second on the team with nine special-teams tackles ... a prep All-American and all-state selection who saw action on both sides of the ball ... named a Parade All-American ... also tabbed second-team All-USA by USA?Today and a second-team EA Sports All-American ... blocked 12 kicks as prepster ... a member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll (Spring 2010).
Played in 11 games on defense and special teams with nine starts, including time at both nickelback and cornerback ... named to Nagurski Trophy and Thorpe Award watch lists ... named second-team All-Big 12 by the league's coaches, the Associated Press and the San Antonio Express-News ... led the team with 13 PBU, to go along with 46 tackles (30 solo), one sack, five TFL, three forced fumbles and one blocked punt ... his three forced fumbles were also second on the team and tied for third in the Big 12 ... returned 11 punts for 86 yards (7.8 ypr) on special teams ... logged three tackles (two solo) and broke up two passes on defense and returned two punts for 25 yards at Rice ... racked up five tackles and returned two punts for 31 yards versus Wyoming ... registered three tackles (three solo), one TFL and three PBU at Texas Tech ... caused two fumbles, logged three tackles (all TFL) and one sack versus UCLA and was honored as the National Defensive Back of the Week by the CFPA ... recorded six tackles (four solo) and added two PBU against No. 8 Oklahoma ... logged eight tackles (four solo), one TFL and one forced fumble and returned one punt for 17 yards at No. 5/4 Nebraska ... registered two tackles (one solo) versus Iowa State ... tallied one tackle and one PBU against No. 25/24 Baylor ... recorded five tackles (five solo) versus No. 12/11 Oklahoma State ... notched four tackles, three PBU and a blocked punt against Florida Atlantic ... posted six tackles and two PBU against No. 17/18 Texas A&M.
Started 13 games at cornerback ... missed UCF game due to injury ... helped UT rank 12th nationally in scoring defense (16.7 ppg), third in total defense (251.9 ypg), first in rushing defense (72.4 ypg), 10th in pass efficiency defense (100.5 rating) and 19th in pass defense (179.6 ypg) ... UT also ranked first nationally in INTs (25) and tied for first in forced turnovers (37) ... compiled 44 tackles (25 solo), two sacks, six TFL, three pressures, three INTs, eight PBU and two forced fumbles ... posted two tackles against ULM ... registered four tackles, a TFL, a forced fumble and a PBU at Wyoming ... registered nine tackles, two TFL, a PBU and a forced fumble against Texas Tech ... tallied four tackles against UTEP ... notched three tackles and a pressure versus Colorado ... posted three tackles, a sack, a pressure and an INT against No. 20 Oklahoma ... registered five tackles, a TFL and a PBU at Missouri ... posted a PBU at Oklahoma State ... registered an INT and two PBU at Baylor ... notched three tackles, a sack and a pressure versus Kansas ... logged three tackles at Texas A&M ... posted five tackles and an INT in the Big 12 Championship game versus No. 21 Nebraska ... added three tackles and two PBU in the BCS Championship game against No. 1 Alabama.
Appeared in all 13 games, starting one, at cornerback and on special teams ... helped UT rank first in the Big 12 in scoring defense (18.8 ppg/18th NCAA), total defense (342.9 ypg), rushing defense (83.5 ypg/third NCAA) and second in pass efficiency defense (124.2 rating) ... recorded 16 tackles, three PBU, a TFL, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, four blocked punts (T-No. 1 on UT's single season list) and returned an INT 81 yards for a TD ... tied for second on the team with nine special-teams tackles ... posted a tackle and blocked two punts at UTEP ... notched a tackle and his first career INT that was returned 81 yards for a TD against Arkansas ... the 81-yard return is the seventh-longest INT return in UT history ... recorded two tackles and his first career forced fumble at Colorado ... tallied three tackles and a PBU against No. 1 Oklahoma ... posted three tackles, a TFL, two PBU and a fumble recovery at No. 6 Texas Tech ... also blocked a punt against the Red Raiders ... posted a tackle and a blocked punt versus Texas A&M.
Coached by Robert Wilcox at McNeil H.S. ... a prep All-American, all-state, all-district and all-CenTex selection who saw action on both sides of the ball ... named a Parade All-American ... also tabbed second-team All-USA by USA Today and a second-team EA Sports All-American ... played in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... ranked as the nation's top defensive back by Rivals and was a member of the Rivals' top 100 national prospects ... tabbed the state's top-ranked cornerback by Dave Campbell's Texas Football ... a first-team member of Dave Campbell's Super Team ... versatile two-year letterman and starter who saw action at DB, WR and QB ... tallied 277 tackles, five INTs, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles, 12 blocked kicks, over 600 all-purpose yards and 14 TDs in his final two years as a prepster.
Named first-team 5A all-state by The Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior ... also earned 14-5A all-district and All-CenTex honors that year ... posted 141 tackles, 10 sacks, three INTs and two blocked kicks ... rushed 34 times for 257 yards (7.6 ypc) and 14 TDs ... also made eight receptions for 99 yards (12.4 ypc) and completed two passes for 37 yards ... returned six kickoffs for 218 yards (36.3 ypr) and a TD ... tabbed first-team all-district and second-team all-CenTex as a junior ... recorded 136 tackles, five TFL, two INTs, two fumble recoveries and 10 blocked kicks ... also a two-year letterman in baseball and track and field.
Born in San Jose, Calif. ... moved to Round Rock shortly thereafter ... enrolled in the college of liberal arts ... active in community service ... visited with kids from Dell Children's Medical Center on a visit to UT's football facilities ... has participated in mission trips and has coached little league ... started playing football when he was eight ... father, Anthony, played linebacker at San Francisco State ... uncle, Ken Taylor, played defensive back at Oregon State (1981-84) and for the Chicago Bears when they won the Super Bowl in 1986 ... uncle, Eric Townsend, ran track at North Carolina State (1979-82) ... enjoys hunting and fishing.
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03/10/17 - S Aaron Williams was released by the Bills on Thursday, the first day of the new NFL year. Williams, who was scheduled to make $3.6 million in base salary in 2017, had missed 22 games over the last two campaigns because of neck injuries. The 26-year-old landed on injured reserve after a blindside hit from Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry on Oct. 23.
11/23/16 - S Aaron Williams (neck) will remain on injured reserve for the rest of the season now that Sammy Watkins has been designated as the player to return.
11/01/16 - S Aaron Williams was placed on injured reserve by the Buffalo Bills to clear the roster spot for WR Percy Harvin. The 26-year-old Williams sustained his second serious neck injury in as many seasons after he was on the receiving end of an unsuspecting hit by Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry on Oct. 23. Williams recorded 20 tackles in seven games this season. He had 255 tackles, seven interceptions and two forced fumbles in 59 career contests since being selected in the second round of the 2011 draft.
10/31/16 - S Aaron Williams (neck) did not play Sunday against New England. Last week against Miami, he suffered hand and neck injuries last week because of a cheap shot crack-back block.
10/26/16 - S Aaron Williams did not practice Wednesday after suffering hand and neck injuries last week because of a cheap shot crack-back block. His status for the game is uncertain.
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