Well Browns fans, 17 weeks stand between us and the first Browns game of the regular season. That sounds like an eternity to me, so to fill the football-shaped void in our hearts, I will begin a series highlighting the rookies John Dorsey and company picked up during the NFL Draft. We have plenty to be excited about, and I believe that our patience will pay off, soon.
The Browns got a fantastic bargain in Greedy Williams as their initial pick. Many expected the LSU corner to go in the first round. Even ESPN’s ever-popular ‘anonymous NFL executives’ agree that nabbing Williams as the 46th overall pick was a stroke of luck that should pay Cleveland dividends for years.
Greedy’s given name is Andraez Williams, but his skills downing baby bottles earned him the nickname Greedy. He grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and attended Calvary Baptist Academy where his skills as a ballhawk helped the CBA Cavaliers win back to back state championships in 2013 and 2014.
His impressive skills led Williams to LSU, where he redshirted in 2016. The top freshman cornerback in all college football, Williams started each game at left corner for the Tigers in 2017. During the same season, he led the South Eastern Conference in interceptions and passes defended. In 2018, Williams started all 12 games for LSU and allowed a mere 27 receptions during the season. Notably, Williams locked down the combine king D.K. Metcalf during the 2018 season. He held Metcalf to just three receptions for 37 yards on eight targets.
During his two seasons starting for the Tigers, Williams earned First-Team All-American in 2018, and third team honors as a redshirt freshman. He received the honor of two selections to the first team All-SEC. Additionally, Williams was a finalist in the voting for the nation’s top defensive back honor, the Thorpe Award.
Williams’ drop to the second round of the draft surprised many. However, some analysts point to his tackling ability as the reason for his fall. This did not phase John Dorsey who commented that “corners are paid to cover.” I agree with Dorsey, if a corner covers well, there is often no need to tackle.
The Browns’ secondary looks to have a bright future, especially when you pair Williams with Denzel Ward. Honestly, the thought of Ward and Williams practicing against Odell Beckham is enough to give me joyous heart palpitations. I expect to see Williams starting soon if not day one.