Inside The Bills

Thomas on WR Williams

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2010 – 8:48 am

Former Syracuse WR Mike Williams had his pro day here in his hometown of Buffalo earlier this week at the Thurman Thomas sports training complex. His performance has been well publicized with a 4.53 40-time and 36 1/2 inch vertical along with a 9-foot 10-inch broad jump. Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas witnessed most of the workout and had the following review.

“He looked pretty good,” said Thomas. “He still needs some work. Not participating for all of his senior year hurt him a little bit. You can see the talent is there, but he was a little rusty.”

Williams did not finish his last season with the Orange as academic issues and miscommunication with head coach Doug Marrone led to his departure from the program, though Williams maintains he did not quit.  

“Mike needs someone to talk to because he’s been through a lot,” said Thomas. “That’s why I think the best situation for him would be to go to a team that has strong leadership in the locker room. A place like Baltimore with Ray Lewis or Cleveland could be good for him with a no nonsense coach like Mangini or Miami with Sparano. He’s going to need structure.”

Williams has pre-draft visits scheduled with all three of those teams along with a handful of others. In fact the Ravens receivers coach ran the route running portion of Williams’ workout in Buffalo. He’s forecast by most draft experts as a mid-round pick.

Thomas just hopes Williams is not drafted by Buffalo, believing that hangers-on in his hometown will have more access to him and be all over him and drag him down.

The National Football Post recently interviewed Williams this week by phone.

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