50 in 50: Aaron Williams - CB - Texas (3 of 50)

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There has been great debate as to what the 49ers number one need is whether it be cornerback, quarterback, or outside linebacker. But there's little question that both cornerback and quarterback are, and should be the first two priorities.

This years cornerback class is one of the deepest in a long time. There will be talented and potential pro bowlers all the way to round seven. With that in consideration, there was no better year for that to happen for 49ers fans. It would be very ill advised for the Niners to walk away from this draft with less than two corners.

Shutdown corners in specific don't come a dime a dozen, and in looking at the options that could be there in the first round, Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh could possibly hit a home-run.

University of Texas has been known for their great recruiting ability of defensive backs. Year in and year out, it seems as though they are churning out corners and safeties. Some of them pan out and some of them don't for different reasons. But one thing holds true in that they are coached well at Texas and all have the ability to succeed in the NFL.

The 49ers drafted Tarell Brown from UT a few years ago, but so far he hasn't amounted to much more than a nickel corner; that may be all he ever amounts to.

Aaron Williams could sneak his way in to the bottom of the first round, but chances are more looking like second round to third round status. Let's take a look at some of his highlights

 

The video here is a really good showcasing of everything that Williams does well. It further validates some of those who are giving him a late first round grade.

As you see here, Williams sniffs the ball out like a blood hound and then chops it down like an angry axeman.

One of the main weaknesses that Williams had was hanging on to balls that were thrown his way when he had the chance to make the pick. But he was still one of the best at pass deflections in the nation.

He is a very physical corner that has the skill-set to play either press coverage or off the line. He plays the game with a good combination of understanding of the game and instinct.

 

Here now is a look at Williams stats while at Texas:

Stats Overview

Tackles

Misc

Interceptions

YEAR

TOT

SOLO

AST

SACK

STF

STFY

FF

BK

INT

YDS

AVG

LNG

TD

PD

2008

13

8

5

0

0

0

1

0

1

81

81.0

81

1

0

2009

31

21

10

2

0

0

2

0

3

0

0.0

0

0

0

2010

45

30

15

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

 

2010 Regular Season Game Log

Tackles

Misc

Interceptions

DATE

OPP

RESULT  

TOT

SOLO

AST

SACK

STF

STFY

FF

BK

INT

YDS

AVG

LNG

TD

PD

9/4

@Rice

W 34-17

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

1

9/11

Wyoming

W 34-7

5

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

9/18

@Texas Tech

W 24-14

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

1

9/25

UCLA

L 34-12

3

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

10/2

@Oklahoma

L 28-20

6

4

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

1

10/16

@Nebraska

W 20-13

8

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

10/23

Iowa State

L 28-21

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

10/30

Baylor

L 30-22

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

1

11/6

@Kansas State

L 39-14

Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.

11/13

Oklahoma State

L 33-16

5

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

11/20

Florida Atlantic

W 51-17

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0.0

0

0

3

11/25

Texas A&M

L 24-17

6

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

1

 

Summary: Williams has all the God-given assets that it takes to make it as a starting cornerback in the National Football League. He was born to play football and he could be doing it for a very long time. If it weren't for a few more extremely gifted corners in this class, it's quite conceivable to think that the Texas corner would be a first-round selection.

PREDICTION: 2nd - 3rd Round (with a slight possibility that he could inch his way in to the back half of the first round)

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