kearly wrote:I don't think he missed much time, if any, from injuries in college. I think the worry is that his knee might potentially be degenerative, which means he might only have a 3-5 year career in the NFL. That really sucks for Williams, as he'll basically be out of the league just in time for his first big contract. Even in that grim scenario, I think Seattle comes out pretty good though. Run defense specialists as good as Williams are a steal in the 5th round, even if he only lasts a few seasons it's basically the equivalent of signing a pretty good NFL free agent for half the vet minimum.
And if he stays healthy and turns into a better version of Red Bryant, then the pick is a home run.
Yeah, I don't remember reading he was an injury riddled player. From what I can remember, didn't he hurt his knee in the SEC title game vs Georgia, but came back to finish the game. I think he had an MRI, and was ruled ok.
I think what scared most teams to take a chance was that he did not perform at the combine because of his knee and that sent a red flag to most teams.
Williams however got back to health and performed in some events at his PRODAY... 4.92 Forty, 4.83 20 yd Shuttle, 7.81 3-Cone compared to Star Loutulei who also did not perform at the combine do to medical reasons... 5.41 Forty, 4.63 20 yd Shuttle, 7.79 3-Cone.
I think the Seahawks are monitoring the injury very closely, and they feel good about it enough to allow Williams to compete for the starting 3Tech spot. And from what I've read and heard, Williams has been doing great thus far.
I think there could be a potentially issue as you said, but I think some here are definitely making mountains out of a mole hill.