Cards Take Risk With Second Rounder Williams


I'll be honest.  I was a little disappointed when Andy Dalton went off the board.  Then I knew the Cards might screw this up once Colin Kaepernick went off.  Then, they did screw it up.  Ok, I won't be too harsh on RB Ryan Williams out of Virginia Tech yet.  He did rush for 1,600 yards - 2 years ago.  Last year was a different story.

The Cards took a running back in the second round.  IN THE SECOND ROUND.  The position, although a disappointment in 2010, is not a major need.  So what does this pick mean?  Well, it means either Tim Hightower or Beanie Wells had better be talking to their agents because one of them is most likely packing.  You don't take a RB in the second round with the ability of Williams and keep him on the bench.

Hightower is most likely the guy to go.  He will have no one to blame but himself though.  He put the ball on the ground one too many times in crucial situations.  Now, Williams has been known to drop the ball once or twice, however in the recent NFL Combine, he didn't drop one pass or fumble a single ball.  Pretty impressive.  What's not impressive is the timing of the pick.  The Cards have so many other needs.  Maybe the Cards felt this was a need based on the performances last season.  Maybe, just maybe it was the bow tie Williams that got him selected?  After all, that's the tie of choice for Cards Owner Bill Bidwill.

Let's hope disappointment in the Cards draft continues.  I was just getting used to all the praise they were getting for the first round pick.

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Tags: 2011 NFL Draft Andy Dalton Arizona Cardinals Beanie Wells Bill Bidwill Colin Kaepernick NFL Combine Ryan Williams Tim Hightower Virginia Tech

  • Zack

    “Now, Williams has been known to drop the ball once or twice…”

    Really? RW34 fumbled two years ago vs. UNC to the shock of his teammates and all Hokies fans. He beat himself up for the next year about it. The man simply doesn’t lay the ball down. The 1,600 yards and 21 touchdowns in his Freshman year are the only true assessment of his talent. Last year he was the most skilled of 3 NFL prospects in the Virginia Tech backfield, and missed more than half the season with a hamstring injury. Not a torn ACL, not microfracture surgery… a hamstring. His combine 40 time was a result of the injury, and he proved it by blazing during the VT pro day a few weeks later. Need or no need, you just got a STEAL in the second round.