Mike Williams. No, the other Mike Williams. The Mike Williams you drafted in the first round of your rookie draft and cursed him out for the next two years. Well, he’s back. Pete Carroll and Mike Williams were together at USC during Williams great collegiate career and Carroll decided to take a flier on Williams for 2010 — you should too.
Williams was drafted 10th overall in 2005 by Detroit and had a decent first year on a terrible football team. A litany of problems, mainly his weight and lack of effort, eventually forced him out of Detroit followed by brief stints in Oakland and Tennessee and eventually out of the NFL.
Carroll remembered the former college star who was never supposed to be a WR — he was turned down by two colleges as a WR — and signed him for a tryout with the WR-needy Seahawks. Williams has made the most of his opportunity, gaining praise from staff and beat reporters as well as some warranted skepticism. A solid preseason campaign has produced five catches for 95 yards and a TD in limited playing time in the first two games. He will make the final roster, and if he continues his solid play he may earn a significant roll in the Seahawks offense.
I think the absolute best case scenario for him is he gets the nod as the starting WR2 and the worst case scenario is you spend a 16th round pick on Mike Williams. It is an easier pill to swallow than your first-round rookie pick in 2005.
Michael Hawes is one of a growing number of fantasy experts who write for the Cafe. Nearly 20 years of FF, had to have learned something in that time. You can catch up with Michael in the Cafe's forums where he posts under the name of bungle613.
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