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2008 NFL Draft: Jacksonville Selects Thomas Williams, Linebacker, USC


With the Dallas Cowboys trading up in the 5th round, the Jaguars now pick at 155. WIth this as our first pick in the second day of the draft, it's important that we get at least a little value.

That said, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected linebacker Thomas Williams from the University of Southern California. If anyone knows how to identify a linebacker, its Del Rio. Our history of finding talented linebackers deep in the draft is well known

About Thomas Williams :

Never one to complain about his playing time, Williams went about filling any role the coaches asked. In addition to being a stellar performer on the coverage units, the instinctive player started at three different positions, including competing on both sides of the ball as a junior. In 49 games at Southern California, he started at strong-side linebacker for eight games as a sophomore, at fullback for two contests as a junior and as a middle linebacker for four games as a senior.

Compares To: CALEB MILLER-Cincinnati...Like Miller, Williams will play any role the coaches might need. Based on his instincts and play on special teams alone, he is worth a long look in training camp. Postseason all-star games showed his relentless motor and his ability to easily read keys and react to the ball. He doesn't have blazing speed to relentlessly attack the backfield, but he can play all three linebacker positions. With his downhill tackling ability and toughness taking on lead blockers, he could be a nice fit inside in a 3-4 alignment.

Plus, he's a blogger!