With the first of their seventh round picks the Detroit Lions selected Tight End Micheal Williams from the 2012 National Champion Crimson Tide. Williams had 24 catches for 183 yards while averaging 7.6 yards per reception for Bama. The senior out of Pickens County High School in Reform, Alabama played 4 years for coach Nick Saban.
The Rolltide.com had this to say of Williams:
One of the Tide’s most experienced players, with 40 career starts over four years … fourth on the team with a career-high 21 receptions for 166 yards and a career-best three touchdowns during the 2012 season … 12 of his 21 receptions have gone for first downs … plays a big part of the Crimson Tide running game as an edge blocker for team that is averaging 224.6 yards per game … named one of the Alabama offensive players of the week following games vs. Tennessee, Mississippi State and Western Carolina.
Williams figures to help the running game as a blocking tight end. Williams is not blessed with great speed but has good hands so he will not be incompetent in the passing game.
Williams looks like a lean offensive tackle, and often blocks like one; he might have the speed of a lineman, as well, but his solid receiving hands and red zone presence will virtually guarantee that he sticks in the NFL for a very long time as a team’s second tight end.
Micheal Williams could help the Lions this season as a run blocker and possibly a pass catcher in goalline situations.