Just as he did last year in taking Florida’s Aaron Hernandez and Jermaine Cunningham in the draft, Bill Belichick selected college teammates in this year’s draft as well: Texas Christian’s Marcus Cannon and Malcolm Williams.
Cannon you’ve read a bit about. But Williams is an unknown – he was the Pats’ final pick, at 219 overall in the seventh round – and played sparingly on the Horned Frogs’ defense, though he was a special-teams standout for them.
TCU coach Gary Patterson said Williams is very much a team-first player.
“(He) has like a 42 inch vertical, unbelievable athletic ability, played all special teams…Malcolm is your true evidence of New England doing their homework,” he said. “(At safety) he played behind a really good football player that was an all-conference player, who didn’t get drafted and probably now wishes he had played a lot more special teams.
“It goes to show you – so many teams are looking for that one guy who can play, that’s how they make their team. Colin Jones, who went to the 49ers (190th overall) from our team is the same way – a guy that has a chance to maybe become a safety down the road, that he can make a team being ‘that guy’ – a guy who can play all the special teams, be a special teams captain, be all those things they need him to be.”
New England fans clamoring for pass rushers and possibly a receiver were disappointed to see a special-teams specialist taken, but Williamson doesn’t see it as a wasted pick.
“My guess is they needed someone who could help on special teams…and for whatever reason they felt like he could do more for them in that position than whomever else was left on the board. I quit trying to figure out the NFL and how they do things a long time ago.”
Patterson likened it to wondering why a man is dating a certain woman – that’s simply the man’s preference. And just like NFL teams, you aren’t going to change their mind.
(Fixed mistake on calling Gary Patterson “Williamson” – TCU’s O-line coach is Eddie Williamson and I inadvertently confused the two. – smy)