Steelers Sign Former Penn State WR Derrick Williams To Future Contract

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Penn State wide receiver Derrick Williams to a future contract according to the Twitter account of Williams. Williams was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions with the 18th pick of the 3rd round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He dressed for 18 games with the Lions over the course of the 2009 and 2010 season and recorded 9 catches for 82 yards during that time. He also returned 42 kicks for 931 yards in his rookie season with no touchdowns and 2 fumbles.

Williams was waived by the Lions prior to the start of the 2011 season. In 2010 he was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury in early December.

Williams is currently 25 years of age and measures in at 5 foot 11, 197 pounds according to his profile. At the 2009 NFL combine Williams posted an unofficial 4.68 40 yard dash time, a 33 inch vertical jump and a 9 foot 7 inch broad jump. He did 15 reps of 225 pounds on the bench in addition.

Thanks to Bryant Covelli for the heads up on Twitter.

  • Jwallac5

    Those aren’t exactly eye-popping numbers. Expect him to get cut quickly.

  • Kingtut499

    Instead of these WR why not looking for Kemo’s replacement? Can we get some G,T,NT,& MLB’s in camp. Whomever can keep Ben standing throughout camp can start! Is this too hard? Sign Cothery and let the Offense gel with the new OC! Bye Bye Hines, Thank you for everything!

  • Greenbelt

    From what I remember, those numbers are from the Combine when he participated while having the flu. At the PSU Pro Day (and many other events) he has run 4.4. He’s athletic and not slow. The problem at Detroit was that he dropped a few passes. He needs to do better with the Steelers to make the team.