Packers grab tight end Williams in 5th round

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Also among the Packers‘ selections on the final day were sixth-round guard Caleb Schlauderaff of Utah; sixth-round linebacker D.J. Smith of Appalachian State, who projects as an inside linebacker; seventh-round tight end Ryan Taylor from North Carolina; and seventh-round defensive lineman Lawrence Guy from Arizona State.

But the most intriguing pick was Williams, who said his life turned around when his family left what he described as an abusive situation when he was in fourth grade.

“We lived in shelters for a while but when we moved into our home and sat there that first night with no furniture in it, but the fact that it was our home in our new life that we’re starting, that’s when it all kind of turned around,” Williams said. “We have a clean slate, and we can make what we want out of it. With our strong mother and our strong family, we can do what we want.”

Now he wants to use his stature as an athlete to speak out about domestic violence.

“I think sports gives us athletes a platform to raise awareness for situations that need to be (raised),” Williams said. “Mine was domestic violence, and I had a platform where if I said something, a lot of people would hear it. I thought it was something that could help people out in the long run.”

Packers tight ends coach Ben McAdoo expects big things from Williams.

“He may not have the best measurables, he may not be the tallest guy, he may not be the longest guy, he may not be the fastest guy, but when you turn on the tape he’s one of the best players on the field,” McAdoo said.

For now, Williams would like to celebrate with his family. But the NFL remains under a lockout and Williams doesn’t have much money, so he suggested they might go to McDonald’s.

Even when Williams is able to sign, he knows he won’t be able to live extravagantly _ but he’d still like to do something to help his mother.

“Being a fifth-rounder, you don’t have 50 million bucks to spend,” Williams said. “I just want to get her out of the neighborhood that we are currently in in Little Rock, put her somewhere nice, where she doesn’t have to worry about, did she lock the door every night.”

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