Mike Williams & the Los Angeles Chargers – 1st Round Pick Quick Reaction
By Jy Gilliard
…And with the Seventh Pick of the 2017 NFL Draft: The San Diego Ch…. Excuse me, the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS select Mike Williams from the Clemson Tigers, 2017 National Champions.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) April 28, 2017
Many draft pundits had thought that the Chargers would go with shoring up their defense, perhaps with Malik Hooker or Jonathan Allen, both of which were available at the seventh pick. But the Chargers zigged when they thought they would zag, and went with offense. Chargers GM Tom Telesco explained:
“For whatever reason, it seemed like for this year, there were a lot of different ways we could go, a lot of different scenarios that could happen — who could be there when we pick, who could trade up in front of us, options of us trading back. We went through a lot of discussions, and we thought Mike was the best pick for us.”
What the heck does this mean for the Chargers? They receive a huge wide out threat and a new toy for Philip Rivers.
The 22 year-old hails from a tiny town with a population of 170 called Vance, SC (I am from South Carolina and I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE VANCE IS). But that’s besides the point. This young man is representing the heck out of his microscopic-sized town with his selection in the draft. I know he’s got the entire town looking up to him.
Most college football fans still remember the horrifying neck injury that Williams suffered in 2015, as he was going for a TD catch and collided with the padding beneath the goal post. Some experts, doctors, fans and teammates believed that was the end of Williams’ career.
However, with persistence, hard-work, and determination, that same kid who broke his freaking neck, is the same man who was taken in the FIRST ROUND, SEVENTH OVERALL by a city that will be terrific to live in! Not to mention by a team in it’s first year in that city. And for good reason.
At 6 feet 4 and 218 pounds, Williams was Clemson’s number one target in 2016 garnering 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns. Williams was a critical part of the Tigers’ National Championship win over Alabama, as he caught eight passes for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Let’s just hope he continues to impress and keep turning heads, we will just have to wait and see how he does this offseason, training camp, and preseason to know if he is the real-deal or not.
Catch Mike Williams with a bolt on his helmet this fall! He just might WOW you in his inaugural year in the league.