Brandon Williams will get another chance to claim a starting cornerback spot
The Cardinals entered 2016 looking for an answer at their cornerback spot across from Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson. One of the options was rookie Brandon Williams, a third round pick from Texas A&M. Like Niklas, Williams was new to his position, having been a running back for most of his college career.
Williams is a terrific athlete, and has a tremendous upside, but it was clear time would be needed to see a return on the investment. The Cardinals gave him a shot at the starting job, but after three starts, it was clear he wasn’t ready.
A lot of mock drafts are predicting that Arizona will draft a cornerback with their first round pick this year. It’s almost certain that they’ll address the position in one way or another, but Williams will get a chance to compete for a spot in the rotation.
Williams continued to see the field throughout the 2016 season, even after losing his starting spot. His athletic upside is still tantalizing, and he’s sure to work hard to earn his shot. He’ll be in the mix in 2017, and should get time on the field, even if it’s not as a starter.