GREEN BAY, WIS. (AP) - Some college players have a hard time waiting when their name doesn’t get called as early as they expect during the NFL draft.
Given D.J. Williams‘ personal story, that hardly qualifies as adversity.
“We’ve been through a lot as a family,” Williams said. “We’ve come a long way, pretty much from nothing to where we are now. Just hearing my name called today, getting the phone call from the Green Bay Packers was an awesome moment.”
Having won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end this year, Williams didn’t expect to wait this long. He thought he might have gone as early as the second round, but realized that his less-than-ideal size for a tight end _ 6-2, 251 pounds_ and other perceived deficiencies in speed and strength might have hurt his stock with NFL scouts.
“They always says I look a lot bigger on TV,” Williams said. “And I think that’s just because I play big.”
Including Williams, the Packers used six of their 10 total picks on offense in this year’s draft, including five of their first six _ an unexpected emphasis, given how good Green Bay was on offense last year.
“We weren’t the best offense in the league,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s the goal.”
Green Bay took offensive players with its first three picks Thursday and Friday, then finally went defense on Saturday when they picked New Mexico State cornerback Davon House with their compensatory pick in the fourth round.
House has been a starter since his freshman year, with 11 interceptions in 49 games. He enters a crowded Packers secondary, where Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams and Sam Shields form a formidable cornerback trio.
House tried to pattern his game after one of his new teammates _ not Woodson, but Williams.
“I just watched him all last year and what he does is amazing,” House said. “He’s a ballhawk.”
Another intriguing Packers pick on Saturday was Arizona’s Ricky Elmore, who played defensive end in college but projects as an outside linebacker in Dom Capers’ 3-4 scheme. Elmore was a remarkably productive pass rusher, with 21.5 sacks in the past two seasons, but fell to the Packers in the sixth round.
Thompson acknowledged that Elmore’s speed might not put him among the league’s elite, but believes his numbers indicate he can be a good player.
“We kind of went back to the old saying of production, production, production, and we felt like it was good value at that point,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said.