With their first pick in the fifth round, the Green Bay Packers selected tight end D.J. Williams from Arkansas.
Before you fly into a tizzy, the Packers were looking to add a tight end for two reasons. First, they don’t know what they have in [intlink id=”1036″ type=”category”]Andrew Quarless[/intlink], who they drafted in the fifth round last year. Second, [intlink id=”209″ type=”category”]Jermichael Finley[/intlink] is going to demand a lot of money in the near future and it’s possible the Packers won’t pay him.
Williams had 54 receptions for 627 yards and four touchdowns in 2010.
Here’s the SI.com analysis of Williams.
Positives: “Athletic pass-catching college tight end who lacks great measurables for the next level. Displays terrific focus and concentration, constantly finds the open space in the defense, and works hard to become an available target. Consistently extends his hands and makes the reception away from his frame. Keeps the play inbounds running after the catch to pick up positive yardage. Easily makes the reception in stride and adjusts to errant throws. Displays a burst of speed. Blocks with good lean, gets his hands into defenders, and gives effort. Flashes ability as a position blocker.”
Negatives: Lacks the size and strength to finish blocks. Lacks the height teams want in a starting tight end at the next level.