Utah State NFL draft picks get some buzz
The NFL Draft is over. Many teams have already bolstered their summer rosters with undrafted free agents.
Time to talk about it.
Here's some Miami and Indianapolis reaction, respectively, to Will Davis and Kerwynn Williams being taken in the NFL Draft:
Will Davis, Miami Dolphins (3rd round, 93rd overall)
• GM Jeff Ireland talking about the defensive backs in the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
"I feel good about the position. I think we've got a lot of talent over there. We've got to get these guys healthy, which, I think, a majority of them they are and I look forward to seeing how that position plays out. But I think there's a good mix of vets and young players that can fill out the roster from the cornerback position."
• The Palm Beach Post looking at the reorganized depth chart in Miami:
The camp battles to determine the six cornerbacks will be intense, and only Jamar Taylor, Will Davis and Brent Grimes are guaranteed roster spots. It appears that the only chance Dimitri Patterson has of sticking around is if he restructures his $4.6 million salary. And Nolan Carroll, entering the final year of his rookie contract, could be in trouble.
• The Miami Herald looking at draft analysis around the country:
NFL Network's Mike Mayock had only a fifth-round grade on third-round cornerback Will Davis. "I kept getting mixed messages," NFL Network's Charles Davis said. "One guy liked him a lot. Next guy, not so much."... Rang compared him to Dolphins cornerback Richard Marshall, in that both have good coverage skills "and may only need greater physicality to emerge as a starter."....
Pro Football Weekly: "Finesse corner. Needs to get stronger to jam stronger receivers and shed blocks. Average timed speed. [But] should contribute immediately in sub-packages before developing into a No. 2."... Five picks, 17 pass breakups last year.
Kerwynn Williams, Indianapolis Colts (7th round, 230th overall)
• The Indianapolis Star looking at how Williams could fit into different roles:
At 5-8 and 196, the Utah State back has all the makings of an excellent returner on kickoffs, and could perhaps spell Hilton on bringing back punts. Just hang onto the football. We've seen returners come and go who couldn't avoid coughing it up. Because the Colts are going to have more short-range plays in this new "No Coast" offense devised by first-year coordinator Pep Hamilton, Williams looks like he has the ideal speed and ability to be a decent third-down back. Time will tell on how much of an opportunity he earns in that role. If he takes care of the ball and has a burst when running after the catch, again, the Colts will look to utilize him for more than just kickoff returns.
• Colts blog Stampede Blue on William's profile:
Running back was another need that Colts G.M. Ryan Grigson can cross off the draft list. Williams might not be the guy who can lead the league in rushing, but he provides depth at the position as well as special teams ability.
He ran for 1,512 yards and scored 15 rushing touchdowns last year for Utah State. He also caught 45 passes for 697 yards and 5 touchdowns. He ran for 215 yards and three touchdowns against Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Gonna go out on a limb and say Williams was a tad productive for Utah State last year.
Kyle Goonkgoon@sltrib.comTwitter: @kylegoon
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