Data Scout Notes: 2015: NAC...10-06-15 - Dismissed from Auburn/Coming off 2015 Suspension...PWCamp/PMaxwell/P1stM...2014: NAC...(+) Coming off 11-08-14 Knee INJ...2014 5* JUCO
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Draft Scout Duke Williams News
06/16/16 - Talent-wise, there is no question Duke Williams was worthy of being drafted last April. But off-field issues at Auburn the year before - he was ultimately kicked off the team due to numerous violations, including his role in a bar-room brawl – led to the talented wide receiver going undrafted over seven rounds.
The Rams extended a life-line, first offering a tryout and then signing him as a free agent, and a grateful Williams hopes to make the most of it.
He's certainly in the right place. The Rams have a desperate need for a wide receiver to emerge, and the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder certainly has the talent, size and athletic ability to develop into a productive player.
As far as his off-field problems. Williams has undergone counseling to deal with some of the anger and mistrust issues he's had. He attended sessions once or twice a week through January and February this year.
"Now, I look at life a totally different way," he said. "Not everybody's against me. Not everybody wants to hurt me. There's people out here that are cheering for me. I just look at the positives."
10/06/15 - Auburn dismisses WR Williams...Auburn wide receiver D'haquille "Duke" Williams, a preseason all-SEC selection, was dismissed from the team, the school announced. "When individuals fail to meet the expectations of our program, there has to be consequences," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. "I gave D'haquille the chance to prove himself. I am disappointed that it did not work out." The school did not specify why Williams was dismissed. Williams had 45 catches for 710 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games last season, but he had just 12 receptions for 147 yards and one touchdown this season. Williams came to Auburn in January 2014 as the nation's No. 1 junior-college recruit. He was suspended for the Outback Bowl last season and was suspended again during fall camp for an undisclosed "discipline issue." He was in the lineup for the season-opener, however. Williams is rated as the No. 7 wide receiver and No. 70 overall prospect for the 2016 NFL Draft by nfldraftscout.com. - The Sports Xchange
08/14/15 - Auburn WR Duke Williams back at practice, at bottom of depth chart...Auburn wide receiver D'haquille "Duke" Williams has been reinstated after a seven-day absence for a "discipline issue." Williams was back at practice on Thursday night, just in time for the team picture on Friday. When Gus Malzahn met the media after practice, he indicated that Williams was remorseful and "took care of his business off the field." "Obviously there is going to be some catching up to do," Malzahn said, via AL.com, adding that Williams will start at the bottom of the depth chart. "I try to keep the same standard for everybody," he said. "That's how we operate around here."
Williams' return to the lineup is a welcome sign for Auburn fans, given the high expectations for the Tigers this season as SEC favorites and Williams' role in the offense as one of the top targets for Jeremy Johnson. While Malzahn says Williams will start at the bottom of the depth chart, I'd imagine that we will see the former junior college star at some point during the season opener against Louisville on Sept. 5. This was not Williams' first time away from the team. Williams did not play in the Tigers' Outback Bowl loss to Wisconsin after an off-field issue, but things appeared to be moving the in the right direction, according to Auburn's coaches, during spring practice. Obviously a big part of the Tigers offense when he's active, Williams led Auburn in receptions and finished a narrow second in receiving yards in 2014, despite only appearing in 10 games due to injury and the bowl suspension. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/11/15 - Auburn QB says Duke Williams' suspension won't be a 'distraction'...Auburn wide receiver D'haquille "Duke" Williams' suspension, for what Gus Malzahn referred to Saturday as a "discipline issue," continued through Monday with no further information as to the nature of the issue or how long the punishment will last. Since Malzahn finally spoke to the media about Williams' status on Saturday, offering no timetable for his return, the former junior college star and team-leader in receptions has missed a fan event and a third practice. At this point, it sounds like the team has moved forward with business as usual in fall camp.
According to the Associated Press, Tigers quarterback Jeremy Johnson said that Williams' disciplinary issue "hasn't been a distraction and we won't let it be a distraction" as the Tigers prepare for a 2015 season that brings the potential of conference and national title contention. "That's not my responsibility," Johnson said. "I'm just leaving that to him and coach, but I feel really good about all the other receivers."
Williams did not play in the Tigers' Outback Bowl loss to Wisconsin after an off-field issue, but things appeared to be moving the in the right direction, according to Auburn's coaches, during spring practice. Obviously a big part of the Tigers offense when he's active, Williams led Auburn in receptions and finished a narrow second in receiving yards in 2014, despite only appearing in 10 games due to injury and the bowl suspension. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
08/11/15 - Top WR prospect Duke Williams not with team due to 'discipline issue'...On the field, Williams, who lined up primarily out of the slot last season, is one of the top pass-catchers in the SEC. Listed at 6-2 and 224 pounds, he is a talented size/speed/strength specimen, using his long strides to accelerate quickly into his routes and long arms to extend his catching radius. Williams is not a first round prospect based on his 2014 game film, but with improved consistency blocking and finishing catches, he has the physical skill-set to be one of the top seniors drafted next spring, likely on day two. However, in his short tenure with Auburn, Williams has several hiccups that might create pause with NFL teams. He missed several practices leading up to the Outback Bowl last season and was suspended for the game for a violation of “team rules.” And this latest absence could contribute to NFL scouts labeling Williams as “unreliable,” which is never a good word to see in a scouting report. There is more speculation than facts right now, but the Williams' situation is worth monitoring. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com