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Steve Williams, CB

School: California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Dallas, TX
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 181 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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191236

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.342.461.5112 40 1/210'8"4.106.89
Workout Results
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Strengths

Shorter than scouts would prefer but has surprisingly broad shoulders and a solid frame, overall. Very good foot quickness, fluidity and speed, overall. Shows the confidence to allow even the Pac-12's fastest receivers to creep up on him in off-man coverage, turning to run with them and shadowing his opponent throughout the route. Good instincts. Reads the receiver and shows an excellent burst to break on underneath routes, such as quick outs and slants. Will bait quarterbacks to throw his way, showing the ability to undercut routes and rip at the hands of receivers as the ball arrives, resulting in many of his 25 career passes broken up (in 28 starts). Reliable open-field tackler, showing no hesitancy to take on and cut bigger ball-carriers. Gets low and wraps his arms securely around their knees, taking even big backs (and pass-catchers) to the ground quickly. Ascending football player...

Weaknesses

Size limitations. Is too willing to fight with receivers and wait for backs to get to him, before aggressively shedding and attempting to save yardage. Asked to play outside most of his career but might project best inside as a nickel corner at the next level. Would like to see more of those passes broken up turned into interceptions...

Compares To: Jabari Greer, CB, New Orleans Saints

Rob Rang

Player Overview

The name Steve Williams might sound ordinary but the athletic and surprisingly physical Pac-12 defender proved anything but for the Golden Bears over the past three seasons, seeing action in all 37 possible games, including starting the final 25 consecutively.

Overshadowed by senior Marc Anthony, it was Williams who was named the team's Most Valuable Back on the defensive side of the ball and an honorable mention all-conference pick after posting 80 tackles and leading the club with 13 passes broken up, including three interceptions.

Despite surprising some with his decision to leave Cal early, Williams had earned the respect of talent evaluators with his quickness and tenacity in coverage. His 25 career pass breakups rank sixth in school history and he proved to be a turnover magnet, as well, recording six interceptions and forcing three fumbles over his career.

Though most of his playing time has come outside at Cal, Williams appears to have the covergae skills and toughness to handle nickel duties in the NFL, an increasingly vital role against today's spread offenses.

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04/24/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: Nickel CB: Steve Williams, California, 5-09, 181, 4.34...With many teams playing their third cornerback more often than they do their middle linebacker, I thought it appropriate to list my favorite at this specific position. It would be easy to peg Tyrann Mathieu here as I believe it is where he projects best and few play the game with the ferocity of the aptly-nicknamed Honey Badger. Williams, however, is every bit the LSU star's match in terms of pure coverage ability and yet few outside of the Pac-12 know his name. He's shorter than ideal but surprisingly stout, a spectacular athlete and possesses the physicality needed to play inside. He ranks among the most under-appreciated players in the entire draft, regardless of position. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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