With their first selection on the final day of the NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs made it to the big Division II runners-up, behind Joshua Williams from Fayetteville State University and No. 135 select the fourth category.
Given the competition, showing how a Division II athlete can perform at NFL level can sometimes be a daunting task. But when Chiefs’ chief technical officer David Hinson went to see Williams, it was easy to see that he had a measure.
“First of all, you look, and you see that he is tall, tall, fast, and it makes you happy at first,” Hinson said. “You go to the gym, and you’re on the Division-II team, and you see a lot of younger guys, and you see a tall, tall, athletic player, and you enjoy that, but, his character and the way he did on the field, and the leadership skills abroad. “In practice, being a regular worker, these are the things that draw you to him, once you reach the age and skill of the game.”
Williams stands at 6 feet 2 by 195 pounds, and has a history shared with his family. He made nine appearances in 2021. In his 31st fight, six defenses, including three touchdowns (and one touchdown), led to the head of the first All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
He was invited to the Senior Bowl, which has been a frequently used tool for the Kings as he voted for something that has not been known for many years.
“I knew it would be a great opportunity, because of the many questions people had about me playing at D-II,” Williams told Kansas City reporters via Zoom. “I try to get close to everything – I walk fast, I try hard. I don’t take time off or shortcuts. I’m out there just competing. That’s what I love to do. I love to compete. “It all went well, and it made me able to lift my lower load than before.”
Hinson explained that in evaluating the potential for junior high school, he relied on the conditions that he could identify on the game tape.
“When I see an explosion and speed, I see a change in direction,” Hinson added. “This translates if you are in Alabama or in Fayetteville State. So if they have fast feet, if they have a good waistline, they can change course. ‘look at what you have, and see if you can build on them.
“And you expect, ‘All right. You have this clay that you bring to our high coaches and grow from it, and they can be strong and comfortable and learn many techniques and things like that. ”
Acknowledging that there has been Williams’ “development” – something that is expected to happen in the fourth quarter – Hinson has now handed over the leadership to Chiefs defender Dave Merrit.
“It doesn’t matter, really, if you’re out of high school, I’m still changing – speed, speed, power,” Hinson said. “These are some of the things that will change for him, and how quickly he is changing. It could take him several months; it could take him a year. You don’t really know until he gets here. but I can’t tell you how long it will take. ”
By Thursday night, it’s a good idea to show off the Chiefs ’Day-1 star on the corner to be the return of L’Jarius Sneed and Rashad Fenton, as well as first-timer Trent McDuffie. Williams is battling a deeper moment with Deandre Baker, who is back for another season.
At 6 feet 2, Williams will have a limit on several of his teammates in the back room as they compete for the first shot. He believes he has various responsibilities in the Chiefs.
Williams states: “I would say that I am very flexible. “I would say I was an explosion. I am very competitive. I could go on for days. All in all, I want the main thing to be hard working, and hard working. There is no lack of engine or effort, and they work hard.
“I have 100% confidence in my skills … I know it will take time for me to learn this technique and, depending on how the game goes … I hope I can do it. [it]and I am confident that I can contribute in a different way from the first week. ”
Fayetteville State University is Historically Black College and University (HBCU), and with the selection of the Chiefs, Williams has been the first NFL nominee from HBCU since 2020. HBCUs have been a key player for defender Patrick Mahomes, and growing interest and awareness contributes to selection like Williams. .
“There have always been players there, but I think it’s good that they’re starting to show this,” Hinson said. “Every now and then, there were some guys coming from there, but we didn’t really explain it. And I think now, it’s very enlightened, and a lot of kids are going to those schools. “The college was growing, it changed, and everyone started going to higher schools instead of HBCUs, but I think you see a little. Bring it to HBCU, that’s a good thing.”
The Kings visited Williams at Scouting Combine and later welcomed him to hang out with the top 30.
“It means a lot,” Williams told of learning to be the first to sign at HBCU since 2020.
“I am just happy that everything worked out, and I am glad that it all worked out. I am delighted to be the Kansas City Mayor. “