With around one month until the 2015 NFL Draft, April remains a time where players can either significantly help, or in the case of Florida State Seminoles cornerback P.J. Williams, destroy their draft stock.
The projected first-round pick was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) at 3:08 a.m. just off the Florida State campus. Its not the first time Williams has had issues with driving violations having received multiple tickets for an after accident altercation this past November.
How much the arrest hurts his draft stock won’t exactly be determined until the NFL Draft, but one can speculate that the cornerbacks he had been jockeying with will likely leap him on NFL boards.
Nonetheless, Williams does possess ideal size at 6-foot, 196 points and his ability to play in bump-and-run coverage could persuade a franchise to reach for the former Seminole.
Forget the numbers and DUI, there have been some major question marks surrounding his speed running only a 4.57 40-yard dash and consistency of effort on the field. Williams did improve on that time during his individual pro day and watched as the result placed him in many analysts first round.
The lack of consistent play remains one of Williams’ biggest flaws especially with how one mental lapse can significantly change the complexion of any NFL game.
Moving forward, Williams must display remorse to teams during the NFL interview process while showing that the lack of discipline both on the field and off is something of the past. If he hopes to build a long NFL career, Williams must succeed in the face of adversity and Friday is just day one of his public relations recovery.
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