As we continue to take a closer look at the Buccaneers 2010 draft picks, we are beginning to enter the early rounds and into players that will become household names and hopefully play huge roles this year. Next up on the countdown, the wide receiver from Syracuse University, Mike Williams.
Mike Williams, the 6’2″, 221 lb. receiver, was the 3rd pick in the 4th round, 101st overall. Williams has an interesting past. As a freshman at Syracuse in 2006, he had 24 receptions, 461 yards receiving, and 4 touchdowns, showing the Big East he was a player to be reckoned with. In 2007, he was a 2nd All-Big East performer after catching a school record 60 passes and rolling up 837 yards and 10 touchdowns. Many believed he would be a 1st team All-American in 2008 and be a lock for the 1st round of the NFL draft, but this wasn’t the case. Williams was suspended for the entire season due to academic reasons, but returned in 2009 and had 49 receptions, 746 yards in only 8 games, but mysteriously quit the team. Many believed he simply avoiding suspensions. There were many reasons he quit the team, tons of speculation, but we are not going to dig into that, instead, focus on the player on the field.
Many questioned Williams’s character while at Syracuse and many teams did not want to waste a pick on him, but the Buccaneers took a chance and drafted him – they might have gotten a steal in the 3rd round. Williams has already inked a 4 year deal and has been impressing coaches with his work ethic and athletic talent. Williams have tremendous speed, size, and great hands. He is already battling for a starting position on the depth chart as the Bucs have a weak receiving core.
What can the Bucs expect out of the former Syracuse star? The answer, big things! Williams is battling to be a starter, even if he doesn’t win a starting position, he will play a huge role in the offense. The Bucs are thin at receiver (Clayton is often too busy blocking to catch a ball thrown at him), so the Bucs need weapons to help Josh Freeman out. Williams is an ideal receiver and may become a go-to threat this year.
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