2017 NFL Draft

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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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

04/21/2013 - ROB RANG'S 2013 NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: Steve Williams, California, 5-09, 181, 4.34 ... While Williams lacks the size scouts prefer, the light-footed, loose-hipped cornerback certainly possesses the athleticism for coverage as well as the toughness necessary to handle run support. After playing in all 37 games over his career, including starting the past 25 consecutively, Williams surprised many with the decision to leave after his junior season and many analysts have yet to catch on to his impressive all-around game. Blame his relatively plain name or the fact that he starred for a Cal squad that struggled through a 3-9 season. Regardless, don't be surprised when Williams' play in the NFL proves he was among the most unheralded defensive backs in the build-up to the 2013 draft.

Five Other Cornerbacks to Consider: 1. Robert Alford, Southeast Louisiana, 5-10, 188, 4.34 ... 2. Mike Edwards, Hawaii, 5-9, 189, 4.50 ... 3. Rashaan Melvin, Northern Illinois, 6-2, 192, 4.44* ... 4. Sheldon Price, UCLA, 6-2, 190, 4.47* ... 5. B.W. Webb, William & Mary, 5-10, 184, 4.46 - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/17/2013 - 2013 California Pro Day: Steve Williams, CB (5-9 1/4, 182) - Williams stood by his combine numbers. He did positional drills. Williams is a good NFL prospect, but his lack of height will hold him down some in the 2013 NFL Draft. He's a likely fifth- or sixth-round pick. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Workout warriors: Of the so-called second-tier cornerbacks who could put forth some eye-popping times, watch out for Southeastern Louisiana's Robert Alford (who enjoyed a strong Senior Bowl) and Cal's Steve Williams. Williams, in particular, hasn't earned the national attention his talents warrant. Overshadowed by senior Marc Anthony with the Golden Bears, don't be surprised when Williams runs considerably faster than his former teammate and contends for a top 100 selection, as well. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/08/2013 - California cornerback Steve Williams will skip his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. Williams announced his decision on Tuesday. Williams played 37 games over his three seasons with the Golden Bears and ranks sixth in school history with 25 career pass breakups. He also had 150 tackles, nine tackles for loss, one sack, six interceptions and three forced fumbles. Williams says it was a difficult decision to leave Cal but that he feels the time is right to enter the NFL. Williams is the second Cal player to leave early to enter the draft, joining star receiver Keenan Allen. - AP Sports

01/08/2013 - Cal cornerback Steve Williams announced Tuesday that he intends to forego his senior season at Cal and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Williams played in all 37 games possible with 28 starts during the final three seasons of his four campaigns at Cal from 2009-12. His 25 career pass breakups rank sixth in school history.

"I want to thank the University of California and all of the terrific people I met during my four years there," Williams said. "I had a tremendous experience at Cal and was given a wealth of opportunities both in football and in life. This was a difficult decision to make, but my family and I felt it was in our best interest and that this is the right time to take advantage of another set of opportunities we feel will be presented to us in the NFL."

In addition to his spot in the school's career record book for pass breakups, Williams 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, 31 passes defended and three forced fumbles.

Williams had his strongest campaign as a 2012 junior when he was named the team's Most Valuable Back on the defensive side of the ball and also earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 recognition from both the league's coaches and Phil Steele. Williams started all 12 games at cornerback and 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. - Cal football

11/27/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 HONORABLE MENTION: DB Steve Williams, Jr.,...has been selected All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the 2012 college football season. Williams shared the club lead with three interceptions, while his 10 pass breakups and 13 passes defended were both team highs, with the latter ranking tied for sixth in the conference with a per-game average of 1.08. He was also third among all Cal players and tied for 15th in the Pac-12 with 80 tackles and an average of 6.7 stops per game and fourth on the team with 7.0 tackles for loss (-18 yards), while adding one forced fumble. His career totals include 150 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss (-22 yards), 1.0 sack (-2 yards), six interceptions with 45 return yards, 25 pass breakups, 31 passes defended and three forced fumbles. - Cal football

10/15/2012 - WEEK 7 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: California defensive back Steve Williams, a junior from Dallas, Texas, recorded his team-high-tying third interception of the season in Cal's end zone and notched a career-high four pass breakups in a 31-17 victory over Washington State. He added a team-high six tackles and held Washington State WR Marquess Wilson to four receptions. Williams, whose 6.6 tackles per game average rank second on the team, leads the Bears and ranks sixth in the Conference in passes defended (1.43 per game). His four pass breakups represent a team single-game high this season. Also nominated on defense were defensive backs Ryan Murphy of OREGON STATE and Jawanza Starling of USC and linebacker Brandon Magee of ARIZONA STATE. - Pac-12 football

09/06/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Steve Williams probably had the best game of any Cal defender against Nevada, and he will be called upon often in pass coverage against Southern Utah, which will rely on the passing of Brad Sorenson. Williams is strong in one-on-one coverage and is a sure tackler in run support. He had 12 tackles in the opener. - The Sports Xchange

09/06/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Cal has a lot of new personnel on defense, and it's difficult to determine whether it was Nevada's pistol option offense that was the problem in the opener or basic shortcomings in the Cal defense. Cal's defense was radically inconsistent last year, producing some outstanding games and some lousy ones, and it struggled mightily against Nevada's pistol offense two years ago. The Bears did not defend the pass or the run well against Nevada, with OLB Brennan Scarlett and CB Steve Williams being the most effective. Missed assignments were frequent, which may have been the product of having six new starters on defense. The Bears started the opener with five defensive backs and three linebackers, a deviation from their typical 3-4 alignment, and it will be interesting to see how defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast defends Southern Utah, which relies heavily on its quarterback (Brad Sorensen). - The Sports Xchange


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