With OTAs getting ready to kickoff this Monday, for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at One Buc Place for rookies and veterans alike. It will be the rookie’s first crack at battling the veterans. With such high praise from both national and local media on this years draft haul many fans are expecting big things from this years class. Once such rookie is receiver Mike Williams. Interestingly enough many scouts and draft pundits graded the receiver as a first round talent. However Wes Bunting of the National Football Post offered up his final thoughts on the 2010 NFL draft and implies Williams graded out similarly to Dallas Cowboys first round pick Dez Bryant.
If Syracuse wideout Mike Williams can ever get his mind where it needs to be, he could end up being the steal of the draft. Physically, the guy can make plays on all levels of the field, is a consistent jump-ball threat and could develop into a premier wide out in the league if he gets his act together. That’s a big if, but based on tape alone, I thought he and Bryant graded out similarly.
While both Williams and Bryant had their character scrutinized, during the pre-draft process. There’s no denying the physical ability that either of them possesses. The Bucs lengthy and exhaustive back round search into Williams past presents a much lower risk reward factor, then that of the Cowboys, as they invested a first-rounder in Bryant. While the Bucs only spent a fourth round pick to acquire the rights of Williams. If the stars align and Williams becomes, as some are predicting a premier receiving talent in the NFL. Then general manager Mark Dominik should be given his just do for taking the gamble on Williams.
In the same article Bunting also talks about former Florida State Seminole outside linebacker Dekoda Watson who the Bucs used a seventh round pick on to acquire. While nothing earth shattering was revealed about Watson, that many hadn’t already read elsewhere. It does give a brief glimpse into why he might have fell to the seventh round. As Bunting speculates his fall was largely dictated by his questionable instincts and field awareness as some teams viewed him as a “workout warrior.”