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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Blogger's perspective: Aaron Williams

By James Walker

We continue our series analyzing AFC North draft prospects through the eyes of our college football writers, who covered these players on a daily basis.

Aaron Williams
Texas defensive back Aaron Williams has both the size and speed to compete at the next level.
On Tuesday we check in with Big 12 blogger David Ubben to take a deeper look at University of Texas defensive back Aaron Williams, who is a possible target for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.

David, break down Williams' strengths and weaknesses based on what you've seen throughout his career at Texas.

David Ubben: It's kind of an interesting situation, because he's played everywhere. He fit in the rotation wherever he could as a freshman. But to get on the field your first year at Texas and be such a big contributor, that's an accomplishment in itself. He blocked about four punts also. He played more of a traditional corner the last two years and worked a lot at nickelback as well. He's played everywhere, but he's got a ton of size. I've heard at the NFL level some teams may want him at safety, because he's a big hitter. But he also has speed. He's talented as a cover guy, but for him the only weakness is he's not really locked into any position. He can play everywhere. He didn't necessarily get a whole lot better as his career went on, and I think part of that was because he had to move around.

You mentioned the corner vs. safety debate. What position do you think suits Williams best at the next level?

Ubben: It's going to depend on the team. I think he has the capability to play both, but he will have a lot more of a learning curve to play safety. If he's going to play safety, I think you have to give him a little bit of time. But at corner he can step right in and do really well at it. So it kind of depends on the team. If you need help right now, you play Williams at corner. If you want help later and you can wait some time to develop him, help him learn on the fly and make some mistakes, then it's safety. If you want him there, I think he can play safety eventually.

Lastly, how does Williams rate with other good corners you've seen last season?

Ubben: The thing with Williams, he has so much more raw talent of any of the corners in the draft. He looked like an elite guy early in his career. But probably some guys passed him now and are a little bit better. But in terms of raw talent, he's certainly up there with just about anybody.