Rapid reaction: Malcolm Williams

April, 30, 2011
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots wrapped up their 2011 draft by selecting Texas Christian defensive back Malcolm Williams in the seventh round (219th overall).

The selection of Williams (5-10, 204) looks similar to what the Patriots did when they drafted Matthew Slater in 2008, focusing on special teams. It wouldn't be a surprise to learn that Patriots special teams coach Scott O'Brien had input on this selection. If Williams is to make the club, this is where he will have to make his mark.

The Williams pick wraps up a surprising three-day draft for the Patriots, who leaned heavily toward offense. The approach came in a draft that Bill Belichick said would probably be defined by which teams best evaluated the top defensive linemen because that crop was considered deep.

Of nine picks in the draft, the Patriots only selected three defenders (2 defensive backs, 1 linebacker).

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter
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