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Williams said he played basketball in high school, where that leaping ability came in handy.“I dunked on a couple people,” he said.
My take: It’s hard to love this pick, since the Saints admittedly needed to use this draft to improve their defense, but they have now used two of their first four picks on offense.
Lattimore said he's looking forward to facing Thomas again in practice. "I was a little freshman back then, but I'm a grown man now.
Saints love Buckeyes: The Saints are loving the Buckeyes lately in the draft after scoring with receiver Michael Thomas and safety Vonn Bell in Round 2 last year. The Saints have now drafted five Ohio State players during the Sean Payton era, seven since Mickey Loomis became general manager in 2003 and nine dating to the 2000 draft -- all more than any other school.
The Saints also just signed former Buckeyes receiver Ted Ginn Jr., who went to the same Glenville High School in Cleveland that Lattimore attended.
But I can’t blame the Saints for staying true to their draft board -- and Williams is absolutely a worthy selection at No.
42 who fills a need for a pass defense that ranked 32nd in the NFL last year.
And the Saints will have the luxury of finding a role that fits him since they’re deep at safety now with veterans Kenny Vaccaro and Rafael Bush and last year’s second-round pick, Vonn Bell. As WWL Radio analyst and former Saints running back Deuce Mc Allister said, “He could be what they thought [Jairus] Byrd would be.”High flyer: UConn safety Obi Melifonwu created a ton of buzz at the NFL scouting combine for his leaping ability. Williams’ vertical leap of 43.5 inches was just behind Melifonwu’s 44.0 (and six inches higher than any other safety).
Williams also had the third longest broad jump of any safety at 10 feet, nine inches.
The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder said he takes pride in forcing turnovers, which he did at a high rate in college (10 interceptions over the past two years, four forced fumbles in three years).
He mostly played single-high safety and "center field," but he occasionally played down closer to the line of scrimmage.
The value at this spot was solid for Ramczyk, who was a first-team All-American and a projected first-round pick.