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Duke Williams | Safety

Team: Nevada Wolf Pack
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/15/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 200

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Bills selected Nevada S Duke Williams with the No. 105 overall pick.
Williams (5-foot-11, 203) made 37 starts for the Wolf Pack, tallying 15.5 career tackles for loss, five fumbles forced, and four picks. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah has described Willliams as "an excellent force player" with strong run-support skills. He also offers experience covering slot receivers and sideline-to-sideline jets (4.43 forty). Williams will likely contribute immediately on special teams and could develop into a starting free safety. He slid to the fourth round due to some character concerns. Sat, Apr 27, 2013 12:35:00 PM

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Nevada DB Duke Williams is scheduled to visit the Patriots.

Williams has also visited the Redskins, Steelers, Colts, and Seahawks. The Nevada safety could be a third-round pick, but most likely will hear his name called on the third day. Williams participated in every part of the pre-draft process and showed some versatility to cover slot receivers along with his safety skills.
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 09:07:00 AM

The Tribune-Star's Tom James reports Nevada S Duke Williams visited with the Indianapolis Colts, according to his agent.

Williams has experience against slot receivers and is an interchangeable defensive back in the deep half. He is unlikely to be a great contributor early in the NFL but has impressed evaluators on tape with his physicality and aggressiveness. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah recently said Williams was "an excellent force player".
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 06:33:00 PM

Nevada S Duke Williams "is an excellent force player," according to NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.

Williams "had several "wow" shots against run," Jeremia tweeted. "He will play early in nickel/dime/special teams." The Nevada product has experience against slot receivers and as a interchangeable safety in the back half. His attendance at the East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl should also help him.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 10:30:00 AM

The NFL Network's Bucky Brooks suggested that Nevada S Duke Williams may be an "intriguing" Day 2 prospect if he puts together a solid week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game.

Brooks notes that "scouts on the West Coast believe (Williams) has the talent to be a star as a pro." The senior's strengths are his "ball skills, awareness and big-hit ability," all of which have been displayed on tape. Someone is going to stand out during Shrine week, and Williams sounds like one candidate.
Tue, Jan 15, 2013 05:46:00 PM

The NFL Network's Albert Breer talked to one NFC personnel exec who believes Nevada senior S Duke Williams is athletic enough to play slot CB in the NFL.

A college scouting director Breer spoke with was not as certain of Williams' chances of being drafted. The Nevada safety showed well against Cal this season, lining up in man coverage against receivers and working the back half as the last line of defense. He will be attending the East-West Shrine Game in January.
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 09:20:00 AM

Nevada senior S Duke Williams will attend the East-West Shrine Game.

We believe Williams is draftable and the Shrine Game is a great place to show those skills. The Wolf Pack senior closes very well on outside runs and even has the agility to stick with slot receivers. Williams has an attitude on the field, for bad or good, but is one third day prospect to watch.
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 10:29:00 AM