Jacquian Williams and Jasson Pierre-Paul both were drafted out of South Florida and considered project players drafted for their athleticism. For more on Jason Pierre-Paul take a look at The Man with Three First Names. Jacuian Williams was selected in the sixth round with the 202nd overall pick by the New York Giants, and once again re-united with Teammate Jason Pierre-Paul. I don’t know that anyone outside of the Giants organization had sincere interest in him as anything but a free agent rookie signing, all the so called draft experts were shocked when the Giants selected him and the live drafts on espn and NFL network didn’t have a picture or graphic prepared for him. The 2011 draft was different from most due to the lockout and inability to sign undrafted free agents, so if you wanted a player you had to use a pick on him because there was no way of telling what teams would need or try to sign due to the lack of free agency. Even with that being the case should we be shocked that Giants GM Jerry Reese picked him he always picks for potential/best player available. Williams had the size and speed combination that the giants love but spent most of training camp with the third team defense, but in the end was one of four rookie linebackers to make the team. With injuries to Clint Sintum and Jonathan Goff, Greg Jones got the first crack at filling the linebacking core and performed admirably. Williams got his shot last Sunday against the Eagles more then likely due to his speed and the speed of the Eagles Playmakers. He not only showed the incredible ability to wrap up with his tackles registering nine SOLO tackles but was a part of a linebacking core that for the first time this season rendered the opposing team tight ends inconsequential. It’s only week three but expect him to see more time this week against the Cardinals who love to spread out defenses to isolate linebackers in space. Williams has the speed and size to be a 3 down linebacker and if last weeks game was a sign of things to come the giants might have found yet another steal at the bottom of the draft.

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