2015 NFL DRAFT

Steve Williams, CB

School: California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Dallas, TX
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 181 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
191236
Career Notes
Announced his intention to enter the 2013 NFL Draft on Jan. 8, 2013 ... played in all 37 games possible with 28 starts during the final three seasons of his four campaigns at Cal from 2009-12 ... posted career totals of 150 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss (-22 yards), 1.0 sack (-2 yards), six interceptions that he returned for 45 yards, 25 pass breakups, 31 passes defended and three forced fumbles ... finished sixth all-time at Cal in pass breakups.
2012 Season
Started all 12 games ... named Cal's Bear Backers MVP on the defense side of the ball and also the team's Most Valuable Back defensively, while adding third-team All-Pac-12 honors according to Phil Steele and honorable mention recognition from the league's coaches ... shared the club lead with a career-high three interceptions, while his 10 pass breakups and career-high-tying 13 passes defended were both team highs, with the latter ranking fifth in the Pac-12 with a per-game average of 1.08 ... third among all Cal players with a career-high 80 tackles and tied for 15th in the Pac-12 with and an average of 6.7 stops per game, picking up at least five tackles in 11 of 12 games ... added a career-high 7.5 tackles for loss (-18 yards) to rank fourth on the club and one forced fumble ... led the team in tackles at Washington State and co-led the squad both vs. Nevada and at Oregon State ... started the season with a career-high and team-high-tying 12 tackles against Nevada along with 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard).

Had nine tackles in two of his final three games at Oregon State in the season finale and two weeks earlier vs. Washington, adding 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards) and a forced fumble against the Huskies as well as 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard) against the Beavers ... had eight tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss (-1 yard) against UCLA ... had a team-high six tackles, a career-high and team-high four pass breakups and the final interception of his career at Washington State to earn Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for the lone time in his career ... also had six tackles vs. Southern Utah (1.0 TFL, -2 yards, PBU), at Ohio State (INT) and vs. Oregon (career-high 2.0 TFL, -8 yards, PBU) ... posted five tackles at USC (1.0 TFL, -3 yards, INT, PBU), vs. Stanford (PBU) and at Utah (PBU) ... had three tackles and a pass breakup against Arizona State ... a third-team midseason All-Pac-12 selection and the nation's No. 61 draft-eligible cornerback prior to the season according to Phil Steele ... had one tackle in the spring game.

2011 Season
Started all 13 games at cornerback and posted 44 tackles to rank sixth on the club and first among cornerbacks ... tied for first on the team with two interceptions and a career-high-tying 13 passes defended, while ranking second with 45 interception return yards and a career-high 11 pass breakups, tying for ninth on the school's all-time single-season list in the latter ... ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in passes defended with a per-game average of 1.00 ... registered at least one pass breakup in three straight games at Oregon, vs. USC and vs. Utah ... added 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards) and a forced fumble ... registered a season-high eight tackles and his lone tackle for loss (-2 yards) of the campaign in the regular-season finale at Arizona State ... posted seven tackles vs. Oregon State ... had six tackles and a pass breakup vs. USC ... had four tackles at Washington.

Registered three tackles and a career-high three pass breakups at Colorado, including two crucial pass breakups late in a 36-33 overtime win at Colorado on passes intended for Paul Richardson, who caught 11 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns in the contest mostly while being covered by Marc Anthony ... also had three tackles in back-to-back games at UCLA, vs. Washington State, and in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas, adding a forced fumble against the Bruins ... had two tackles and an interception in the season opener against Fresno State ... also had two tackles vs. Utah and at Oregon, adding two pass breakups against the Utes and one vs. the Ducks ... had one tackle and an interception at Stanford, picking off a first-quarter Andrew Luck pass and returning it 45 yards, with a pick six and four additional yards being negated by an illegal block late in the return ... had one pass breakup vs. Presbyterian.

2010 Season
Played in all 12 games with three starts ... made his first collegiate start against Arizona State and was also on the field for the first defensive play at Oregon State and against Stanford in the Big Game ... totaled 26 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-2 yards), 1.0 sack (-2 yards), an interception, four pass breakups and a forced fumble ... had a season-high six tackles coming off the bench vs. Oregon, while contributing five stops and a season-high two pass breakups at Oregon State ... added four tackles vs. Stanford, three vs. UCLA, and two both at USC and vs. Washington ... also had a pass breakup against the Trojans ... picked up his first career sack for a two-yard loss and a pass breakup against UCLA, his interception vs. Colorado and his forced fumble against Stanford ... won the Bob Simmons Award given to Cal's Most Valuable Freshman on defense.
2009 Season
Redshirted ... did not play ... named the nation's No. 37 freshman defensive back prior to the season by Phil Steele.
High School
A SuperPrep and Prepstar All-American as a 2008 senior ... Scout, Rivals and Tom Lemming all tabbed him as a four-star recruit ... on the Rivals250 list as well as the Texas Top 100 postseason chart ... chosen as the No. 7 cornerback in the country by ESPN, while Rivals listed him at No. 23 nationally ... ranked as the No. 28 overall recruit in Texas by SuperPrep ... a second-team Class 5A All-State selection as a senior, when his team finished 12-2 overall ... noted by Rivals as one of the 10 best players on the White Team from the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game following his senior campaign ... recorded 53 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups as a 2007 junior to earn second-team All-State and first-team All-District honors for a squad that recorded a 12-2 mark and won the 5A Region II District 11 title ... prep teammate of current Cal defensive back Adrian Lee.
Personal
Full name is Steven Dwain Williams ... born March 7, 1991 ... parents are Issa and Chandra Smith ... intended major is sociology.
 
 
LATEST NEWS
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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