Steve Wyche of NFL.com agrees in his latest mock draft: The Falcons want more size at corner, and Aaron Williams provides that. He would offer immediate help at nickel back, which the Falcons need.
Despite Texas' disappointing season, Williams was projected to be a first or second round selection by the draft advisory board.
Bio: Aaron Williams was rivals.com's top rated safety in the 2008 high school class out of Round Rock, Texas. He opted for Texas and played in 13 games as a premium backup cornerback his freshman year. As a sophomore he moved into the starting lineup at cornerback for Texas and hasn't really looked back. He declared for the NFL with one more year of eligibility.
Williams is a junior who came out early for the draft after reportedly receiving a good evaluation from the NFL committee. He has good size, athleticism, speed and ball skills to be a solid cornerback at the next level. However, the issue is that he didn't consistently play up to his talent level at Texas.
During the combine drills, Mike Mayock and Deion Sanders remarked that Williams was "all over the place." Mayock said "he didn't run well at the combine and I didn't think he looked particularly great, but I've been struggling all along with whether he's my No. 3 corner or my top safety. Every time I look at this kid, I think you could drop him on the slot, or he could also play free safety. One thing I do know, he makes plays."
Texas cornerback Aaron Williams is also among Kiper’s fallers, due to “concerns about whether he’s a corner or safety.” Kiper alluded to Williams’ forty time in Indianapolis (4.56, officially), saying “his stock dropped a bit after the Combine.”
Yahoosports' Doug Farrar agrees Williams may move back to safety:
As an Antrel Rolle-type player in the right system, Williams might make a real impact. If he's taken as a pure cornerback, he might resemble Seattle's Marcus Trufant better playing off than in press, and a surprising run defender with the ability to do a lot of things in space (but someone who will get eaten up by faster receivers). Williams isn't a bad corner, but he might indeed make a great safety.
Wes Bunting of www.nationalfootballpost.com disagrees: A tall, long-armed who can be physical off the line. Is at his best up near the line in press man. Might need some time, but has the ability to mature into a very good press corner if he wants to develop at his trade.