Mike Williams (offensive lineman)
|No. 68, 71|
|Position:||Offensive tackle / guard|
|Born:||January 11, 1980|
|Height:||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight:||337 lb (153 kg)|
|High school:||The Colony (TX)|
|NFL Draft:||2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Michael Deshaun Williams (born January 11, 1980) is a former American football player who was an offensive tackle and guard in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Texas, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. The Buffalo Bills chose him with the fourth overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Bills and Washington Redskins.
Williams was born in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from The Colony High School in The Colony, Texas, where he played for The Colony Cougars high school football team. When Williams was in high school, he was so big they didn't have shoulder pads that could fit him, they tried getting pads from Erik Williams and Leon Lett of the Cowboys, and their pads still didn't fit Williams.
While attending the University of Texas in Austin, he played for coach Mack Brown's Texas Longhorns football team from 1998 to 2001. He played right tackle for the Longhorns, while protecting quarterbacks Major Applewhite and Chris Simms. Following his senior season in 2001, he was a first-team All-Big-12 selection and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.
Because Chris Simms was left-handed, Williams was projected as a top prospect for left tackle, widely considered the most important position on the offensive line. He was considered one of the two top prospects in the 2002 NFL Draft, alongside Bryant McKinnie, a natural left tackle from the University of Miami.
Williams was drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft, three picks ahead of McKinnie. After starting several games at right tackle, he was eventually moved to left tackle, but largely disappointed. He was widely seen as a draft bust and eventually lost the starting job to undrafted free agent Jason Peters. After a failed attempt to convert Williams to guard, and spending some spot duty at defensive tackle in goal-line situation, he was released in the 2006 offseason.
Williams spent two years out of football before he gave the NFL another shot and signed with the Washington Redskins on April 24, 2009. At the time he weighed close to 410 pounds and there was some doubt regarding his ability to handle playing tackle again. Williams eventually lost nearly 70 pounds in order to play the position, but struggled when doing so. Because of constant injuries to the Redskins' offensive line, Williams was moved to right guard, where he played well and started eight games at the position. Williams was rewarded for his efforts on March 6, 2010, with a new two-year contract after new head coach Mike Shanahan and his staff reviewed game film of him.
On July 10, 2010, it was reported by The Washington Post that Williams would miss the entire 2010 season due to blood clots near his heart. Williams was later released by Washington on July 30, 2011.
Notwithstanding that Williams was a four-season starter, some commentators consider him to be a "draft bust" due to his high draft pick and relative lack of long-term success. The Sporting News named Williams as the No. 4 biggest NFL draft bust from 1989 to 2008. In the game, NFL Street, Williams had the highest speed rating for an offensive lineman, comparable to that of some wide receivers.
- 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 24, 2012.
- "Jags sign former Bills offensive tackle Mike Williams". ESPN.com. March 14, 2006. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
- "REDSKINS SIGN OFFENSIVE TACKLE WILLIAMS, RELEASE JOHNSON". The Canadian Press. April 24, 2009. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
- Reid, Jason (July 10, 2010). "Redskins lineman Mike Williams expected to miss season because of blood clots". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
- "Redskins make splash with restraint". ESPN.com. March 6, 2010. Retrieved July 12, 2010.
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