Greedy Williams would be exciting pick for Carolina Panthers
Williams could be a choice for the Panthers at No. 16.
The NFL offseason came early for some teams and that includes the Carolina Panthers. One of the bright sides to this is that we can begin to turn the page and focus on the 2019 season. That includes mock drafts. With the Panthers holding the No. 16 pick in the upcoming draft, that opens up many possibilities for the team.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com released a mock draft on Friday that includes some of the biggest stars on the college football circuit. The Panthers may be in the market for one of those, as Jeremiah projected the team will land LSU cornerback Greedy Williams at the 16th spot. At face value, that is certainly an exciting pick.
"Williams’ play was up and down in the fall, but the Panthers hit on an LSU cornerback in last year’s draft (Donte Jackson) and they might double down this spring."
For starters, let me just say that I like this pick by Jeremiah. Williams is a versatile cornerback and especially with the Panthers having success with Jackson in 2018, why not go back to the well again? Williams fits both what the team needs and is also a case of landing the best player available. Carolina certainly has talent at the cornerback position, but there is no doubt that they need depth there. A stronger secondary is a must in 2019.
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They certainly have the pieces for the secondary to be successful. Guys like Donte Jackson and James Bradberry will no doubt anchor the unit. However, beyond that the secondary is a little spotty. Last year, the Panthers had instances where Jackson could not be on the field. This gave an opportunity for guys like Corn Elder and Captain Munnerlyn to receive more playing time. However, there is no denying that the results were not there and that the Panthers needed to get younger with their depth pieces.
In two seasons at LSU, Williams has recorded 71 tackles and eight interceptions in 24 games played. His best year came in 2017. That season, he notched 38 tackles, six interceptions, and 10 pass deflections. The interceptions ranked first among all players while the pass deflections were fourth in the SEC. He is a ballhawk who plays physically, much like Jackson. Teaming the two of them up together would be great for Carolina. At the very least, they would have a stable secondary both in terms of starters and depth.
Personally, I would really like if Williams came to Carolina. He fits in with what the Panthers are trying to do and in turn, another LSU product would come into the fold for the Panthers. It will be interesting to see what other mock drafts come out and what other experts think the Carolina Panthers should do. This is a crucial draft for them and they have to make sure that they are successful in that regard.