Ex-Auburn WR: I'm a first-round pick, but my character is seventh round

If honesty scores you any points at the NFL combine, then former Auburn wide receiver D'haquille "Duke" Williams might have moved up a few draft boards on Thursday.

Williams, who was dismissed from Auburn in October after an incident at a bar in Alabama, gave a blunt self-assessment of his draft standing during his press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium.

"I'm a first-round pick no matter what, but off the field I'm a seventh-round pick," Williams said, via NFL.com. "My character is seventh round."

If that average ends up making Williams a third-round pick, he'll probably be thrilled. Williams is currently projected as a late seventh-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com, which is a dramatic fall from where he stood just six months ago.

Back in August, Williams was coming off a 2014 season where he led Auburn in receiving and he was ranked as the No. 7 draft-eligible wide receiver entering the 2015 season.

However, being kicked off the team and missing the final two months of the college season did some serious damage to Williams' stock: Going into the combine this week, he was ranked as the 35th-best receiver in the draft.

Williams doesn't blame his dramatic fall on anyone at Auburn. 

"Coach (Gus) Malzahn gave me chance after chance," Williams told CBSSports.com. "It's not his fault, it's my fault."

Williams was also held out of the Outback Bowl following the 2014 season.

"Once I was in the doghouse, it was hard to get out," Williams said. "It was all on me, I took it upon myself to go to counseling."

The good news for Williams is that there's almost always a team out there that's willing to take a risk on a talented player with questionable character. If one of those teams likes Williams enough, he could come off the board way before the seventh round.

Duke Williams admits he has some major character concerns. (USATSI)
Duke Williams admits he has some major character concerns. (USATSI)
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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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