When LB Jacquian Williams of South Florida, a "tweener" in every sense of the word, had his name called at Radio City Music Hall on the third day of the draft, it hardly caused a stir.
Many were curious what the Giants would do with a kid who surely could not play anything other than specials at that size. Six months later, their curiousity has grown more intense.
Is this kid the next Jesse Armstead? Time will tell. But Williams is the type of player the Giants have needed for some time now: a hammer that runs like the wind.
Last week in Philly, the Eagles found out how fast Williams was. Figuring they would run all over the plodding Giants' defense with their speed, they were fooled when Williams was there to match them step-for-step. He finished the game with 10 tackles.
From Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York:
Determined to prove that he was a lot more than just the 202nd overall selection in the draft, Williams came into training camp with a chip on his shoulder. Early on, the 23-year-old was working in the coverage teams and getting some reps with the third-team defense in base packages.
But a season-ending injury to starting middle linebacker Jonathan Goff opened up a spot on the team's nickel unit. In need of someone who was quick, fast and could cover running backs, tight ends and possibly wide receivers in space, the Giants gave Williams a chance at the weakside or "WILL" linebacker spot.
And he's never let go.