Nothing is worse than watching a talented draft pick flop, but it happens. Usually a “flop” is a player who is drafted early in the draft and doesn’t live up to his expectations but really, where they are taken in the draft is irrelevant as the draft is structured by need first and talent second. The Green Bay Packers worst draft pick spent on a tight end came in the fifth round, a round where typically it is acceptable to take a risk on a player with high upside.
D.J. Williams was the sixth of 12 tight ends taken in the 2011 NFL draft but was considered one of the most complete. The Arkansas alum fell in the draft due to being undersized for the position but with Williams came a lot of upside. Although he was just 6’2” he was coming off a season in which he was first team all-SEC and he won the John Mackey award for being the most outstanding collegiate tight end in the nation. Williams amassed 152 catches for 1,855 yards and 10 touchdowns in his time as a Razorback. Not only did Williams have great hands and the ability to make separation but he was a tremendous blocker and great character. He seemed like the perfect pick.
Green Bay soon found out why Williams fell so far in the draft. His speed that made him such a weapon in college did not translate to the NFL and since he also did not have the benefit of size he rarely found open room to make a catch. He still had his football smarts though and Mike McCarthy often used him as a blocker in the full-house package. Williams has since moved on from Green Bay as he was cut at the end of the 2011 pre-season after just 26 games with the Packers. He then played seven games for the Jacksonville Jaguars and two games for the New England Patriots with whom he is still under contract. In his career Williams has just 9 receptions for 70 yards all of which he accumulated with Green Bay. At the age of 25 there is still hope for Williams to turn his career around but as far as his career with the Packers goes; he flopped.
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