Report: Steelers Set To Meet With Texas A&M CB Brandon Williams

The Pittsburgh Steelers are slowly winding down their pre-draft visits and it appears as though the team will have yet another defensive back in town on Tuesday.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Texas A&M cornerback Brandon Williams will be visiting with the Steelers on Tuesday.

Williams, who measured in at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at 5113, 197-pounds, converted to cornerback from running back last year. He registered 37 total tackles last season along with 7 defensed passes in the 13 games that he started at the position.

Williams started his college career at Oklahoma but transferred to Texas A&M after his freshman year. That move resulted in him being forced to sit out the 2012 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Being as Williams is so raw, he could very well wind up going undrafted. The best-case scenario for Williams would probably include him hearing his name called in the sixth-round as he did register strong times and numbers while in Indianapolis for the combine.

 

  • Jeff Papiernik

    And there’s the last pre-draft visit. To my recollection, no RBs and no QBs. Better take those out of your mocks.

  • CodeNameJerk

    From RB to CB? I wonder how often that happens.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I hope they have pitched to some guys the possibility of being UDFAs. This year I think one should make the team. He could be a safety or CB, but more likely an ILB that no one has heard of, and he ends up being the 4 or 5 on the depth chart but a stud on ST. Lots of spots open.

    They should tell the CBs that all the positions are currently up for grabs.

  • WreckIess

    I really don’t have a good idea as to who they’re thinking about picking in the 1st this year. They’re bringing in different positions, but not a lot of top guys from those positions. They still have like 2 or 3 more I believe, but there’s not much time left to use them.

  • vasteeler

    maybe they’re not tipping their hand, i dont think they even know at this point, rumors circulating that they like nkemdiche

  • harding36

    I’ve heard some of those. That guy is so talented, but also so weird.

  • WreckIess

    I’m not all that familiar with Nkemdiche. I’ve watched some tape on him, but I kind of dismissed him because of everything he’s got going on.

  • John

    This is an Ike Taylor-type play. Bring in a raw guy that has athleticism but has not played the position long. Hope over several years it works out.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    They have no more pre-draft visits left. This will be No. 30.

  • eric

    Raw and turning 24 when the season starts…. No thanks.

  • Biggie

    He is an incredible athlete. Transfer from OK to A&M as a RB but due to lack of depth at CB and stacked at RB he agreed to make switch to CB. He worked hard at it, adapted well and earned the starting role. He is definitely raw, but he is fast, turns well, great hands and battles. He will take time but has the ability. He is a late rounder to UDFA. Worth as shot late.

  • Lost Loves

    Nkemdiche’s issues is pad level and finding the ball. No failed drug tests, no drug issues, and not a trouble maker. His brother reportedly smoked spice and they assumed Robert did also. He fell out of a hotel room window, 3 floors, but was due to being drunk. Weed was in the hotel room and since no one claimed it, Nkemdiche was charged since he rented the room. Plays saxophone and even played at Morgan Freeman’s club down in Mississippi. RK is a talented man who the scouts and draft pundits decided to brand a character risk.

  • harding36

    I don’t know, man. It’s unclear to me how someone “falls” out of a double paned glass window in a hotel room. That’s an odd story, to say the least, and teams are justified in being concerned. His brother is also a concern, IMO. From what I understand, he basically raised Robert (good for him) but has been in constant trouble, even being hospitalized twice for alleged drug issues. I’m not saying Robert Nkemdiche is a bad dude, but there’s a lot to unpack there.

  • Alex Kozora

    I have only 28 visits, not counting Fuller.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Va-

    I agree that the Steelers front office has no idea who they are selecting in the 1st round at this point. They could literally go DT, or EDGE, or CB, or S, and none of those would surprise me.

    What I do know (or at least feel very strongly about) is they’re going to double dip at both CB and S. Any mock draft that doesn’t include four DB picks is not very accurate IMO.

    The Steelers have interviewed so many DB’s projected to go in rounds 2-4 I have to think that 3 of first 4 picks will be in the secondary. But I also think a trade down scenario is in order this year, simply because they’ve studied so many of those rounds 3-4 guys.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I looked at the pre-draft visits page, and there are 30 names there. And you had said Kearse visited already. And I read somewhere that Cyrus Jones already visited as well. So if Fuller did come in, I believe that would be 30.

  • Ray3

    This guy is intriguing. 4.34 in the forty, good size, excellent athlete. Can he return kicks? Running Back depth? If you consider the number of special teams FAs we let walk this year, the versatility he has and the way they like team captains, this guy makes some sense. Unfortunately, the Steelers have shown ZERO ability to develop DBs since Carnell Lake arrived.

  • Lost Loves

    Understood. Judge him but writing it as facts is when its discerning. The media has the ability to warp people’s opinion. Especially if you are unaware of the truth. ESPN wrote a great piece on him yesterday and I suggest you read it. Dude is super amazing and would blend in well with Wreck It and Do It.

  • Lost Loves

    Your last sentence says so much.

  • Lost Loves

    Fuller hasn’t come in yet.

  • WreckIess

    Not from what I saw. There were 3 local that don’t count towards he total so that should be 28 after today.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Oh I guess I maybe counted Quinton Jefferson as a non-local? How is he a local visit when Sean Davis, who went to the same school, is not?

  • draframe1

    Based on the sheer number of Safeties and Corners looks like at least 3 DBs may be taken. This is based on looking at previous years where they have loaded up visits at certain positions.

  • vasteeler

    what if harrison retires? could we see another edge guy in rd 1? i dont think they go twice at safety though. but you’re right they could go several ways in rd 1 including trade down

  • vasteeler

    the guy’s a stud but i’d be too concerned with his off field issues especially in the wake of the martavis drama

  • vasteeler

    his talent is undeniable but can they really risk taking him in rd 1 with all of the baggage?

  • harding36

    Who knows? They brought him in for a visit. So, there must be some interest. The Steelers have taken a chance on some guys with red flags in the past, e.g. Santonio Holmes, Mike Adams, so I guess we can’t completely rule it out.

  • WreckIess

    Quintin Jefferson is from Pittsburgh.

  • The Notorious TOM

    Robert Golden went from a fringe special teamer – to a team captain – to fringe starter, Ross Cockrell went from waived to capable starter, and William Gay’s never played better in his life.

    I know you guys like to kick Carnell but *zero* ability to develop db’s? Chill.

  • The Notorious TOM

    I’ll spend a 6th on a plus-athlete needing a little polish all day. That’s our team’s M.O.

  • Alex Kozora

    Jefferson appears to count as a local and Fuller isn’t official, so to my knowledge, that would make it 28.

  • Lost Loves

    Ross came from a crowded and talented group of DBs. Golden had the potential but they barely played him last season. Will Allen was starting over Golden, who was clearly a better player. William Gay has been on fire since he returned from Arizona.
    Lake has had many CBs thrown his way yet he has failed to mold any of them. It doesn’t matter what round he gets them, he should be able to make to develop them. It hasn’t happened.

  • The Notorious TOM

    It’s hilarious how you guys ”yeah, but” (or flat out ignore or disregard) every example of Carnell’s success and keep beating a dead horse over his few misses like Shaq Richardson lol.

    #FireArians all over again. I get it, you guys need a whipping boy.

  • falconsaftey43

    I’m sorry, but shouldn’t Golden be in the “win” column for Lake? UDFA that has climbed his way up the depth chart into a starting spot…sounds like pretty good development to me.

  • Kevin artis

    I think more likely than not it will be CB, DT or S in the first. My question does it really matter what position? I guess if we pass on someone that we thought was a better talent it could be upsetting.
    I’m to the point now as long as they draft those positions in the first three rounds or even first 4 rounds and double dip at corner in the later rounds I’ll be happy.

  • natty

    Thanks for pointing out that article.
    And agreed, this dude could very well be the pick in round 1.

  • falconsaftey43

    I wanted to take an objective look at Lake the coach as it relates to his ability to develop talent. I went in with 2 rules, had to be on the 53 for at least 2 years under Lake, had to have an average age under 27 during that time. There are 8 players.
    C. Allen – 4th round
    C. Brown – 3rd round
    Cromartie-Smith – UDFA
    K. Lewis – 3rd round
    R. Mundy – 6th round
    R. Golden – UDFA
    A. Blake – UDFA
    S. Thomas – 4th

    These are my grades on Lake’s coaching job:
    Allen – Neutral, showed promise, got long term deal, hindered by injury to unknown extent.
    Brown – Failure, high pick never more than ST
    Cromartie-Smith – no grade, UDFA with no impact
    Lewis – Success, high pick, left on long term deal, solid player
    Mundy – Success, low pick, solid ST and backup, has started some
    Golden – Success, UDFA ST stud and now starter
    Blake – Success, UDFA cut after 1 year, developed into ST and started (not ideal, but passable) left for more money
    Thomas – Neutral, mid round pick, good ST, no defensive value.

    1 failure, 4 success, 2 neutral

  • vasteeler

    yeh you’re right, hopefully it doesnt come back to bite them if he’s the pick

  • Zhan 美国第一

    I like Williams.

    He’s green, but he has nice size and he sure can run.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    To me it’s a question of roster spots. Right now (this year) we’re carrying 5 OLB’s (Harrison, Jarvis, Dupree, Moats, Chickillo). I don’t think the coaches really WANT to cut any of those guys.

    Next year Harrison will be gone, and maybe Jarvis, so we will have a huge hole at OLB. Perfect time for an elite rookie to come in and rotate with Chickillo (like Dupree did last year). And it gives us one more year to figure out what to do with Jarvis. Plus this year’s EDGE class is kind of weak compared to next year’s class.

    Maybe Noah Spence? And that’s a big maybe.

  • natty

    Agreed. Development is not the issue. There are many factors that have played into the organizations draft planning in the secondary. All this discussion will fall away this year, because the team clearly started changing their approach last year coupled with year 2 of Butler as DC, this draft will bring 2-3 more back end players and higher up the draft board.

  • pittfan

    If golden was a UDFA then yeah, that’s a win. Cause he has made great contributions

  • Lebanese Mike Tomlin

    Fun scenerio, Myles jack falls to 12 and steelers trade up to put him at safety. Obviously 1 in a 1000 chance but still

  • Douglas Andrews

    Nice practice squad project

  • vasteeler

    there was speculation earlier this offseason that chickillo could be moved to DE, it seems his frame could support the weight. i think he’d actually excel at that position