Saturday, April 26, 2008

Williams goes No. 14 to Chicago

With the 14th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected Chris Williams, senior offensive tackle from Vanderbilt University.

Mel Kiper Jr. and the rest of the clowns at ESPN seemed to approve of the pick, saying that Williams is a "natural pass-blocking left tackle."

Williams became the first Vanderbilt offensive lineman in more than 20 years to be selected in the first round. He is also the second Commodore in the last three years selected in the NFL Draft first round, joining former quarterback Jay Cutler, who went to the Denver Broncos with the 11th pick in 2006. Offensive tackle Will Wolford was selected by Buffalo in 1986 with the 20th overall pick.

"I'm extremely pleased for Chris. It couldn't have happened to a more deserving person," said coach Bobby Johnson. "Chris is the total package. He's talented beyond belief, he's a tremendous teammate and he's just a great person. Chris is an outstanding representative of this university and our football program."

"I've never had one quite like Chris Williams. He's that special," said offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell. "Chris has tremendous athletic ability, but he's even more blessed with intelligence and a desire to be the best he can be. He loves every aspect of the game. Chris has just been a real pleasure to coach."

Congratulations, Chris.

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1 comment:

Will Gibbons said...

gotta say props to vanderbilt's redshirt program. the only way we will ever win in football is with a good redshirt program and developing guys. doing that with williams and gatewood, among others (cut in the past) is a step in the right direction.