When value and need come together it's a beautiful thing. One such instance, occurred at the 14th pick in the 2007 Draft, when a man named Revis came the NY Jets. He stepped right in, and filled our need for a shutdown CB. It's now 2011, and we have another need. That need is a safety that can do it all.Deunta Williams could be that guy for us. This isn't the strongest class for safeties, but to think that there is no one that can make a huge impact, would be terribly inaccurate. The talent is there, it's just a question of production in the latest season. Going into the 2010 season, Deunta Williams and Rahim Moore were ranked as the top 2 safety picks, and easily 1st round talent. Rahim Moore's production slipped dramatically in 2010, and his 1st round chances slipped away also. Deunta, on the other hand, missed almost the entire season, due to suspension. Williams was part of the massive suspension train going through North Carolina in 2010. We shouldn't hold that against him, after all, is it really hurting Quinn's stock?
Why is Deunta Williams a 3rd round pick then, while Quinn is still in the 1st? The answer is simple. Quinn was healthy enough to prove his 1st round value in the off-season. Deunta Williams wasn't so lucky. Unlike most of the suspended players, Williams got to come back at the end of the season, and play. He looked like he was going to start right off from where he left off the season before: All-ACC First Team member, thanks to 47 tackles, eight pass break-ups and six interceptions. Unfortunately, Williams broke his leg late in the year, and was recovering from surgery during the off-season. It is for this reason his stock has slipped this far.
I hate to copy the Pats, but they do something very well. They find value in the early-mid rounds, with guys who were injured. An example of such a pick would be Aaron Hernandez. We shouldn't shy away from injured players. We should embrace them. Their misfortune, can be our jackpot, and theirs too in the long run. Even with his shortened season, Deunta was able to accomplish 49 tackles and three pass breakups and a forced fumble in 2010.
Now for what he brings to the table. The only thing Deunta knows how to do is produce. As a freshman he started all 12 games and led the team with three interceptions. The consistency in his play, has solidified him as not only a logical pick, but a safe one. He came to Chapel Hil as a wide receiver, so you know the ball skills are there, his physicality isn't to be questioned either. He is not afraid to step up and make ball carriers pay. Williams always seems to be around the ball, even if the play isn't to him. It's this tenacity that makes him a Rex guy. His ball hawking ability is outstanding also. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time. It can't all be luck. At some point you have to give the kid credit for putting himself in the right place at the right time.
Even with William's injury, teams might be smart enough to take him based on what they have seen from him. If that is the case, he will be long gone by our pick in the 3rd. His talent, and production is something the Jets should more than consider when looking to trade up. We all know Tanny loves to get his guy, and I would love for that guy to be Deunta Williams.
Deunta Williams (via colbert08)