Ten Worst Atlanta Falcons Draft Picks: Jimmy Williams

In this series of sponsored posts, we'll be looking at the ten worst and ten best Atlanta Falcons draft picks of all time. Let's start with the worst. Today's choice is former cornerback Jimmy Williams.

This may be a controversial choice. Already, I'm wondering if he should be closer to #10 than this, but I do think Jimmy Williams is deserving of this dubious honor. That might be because the sour taste is a lot more recent than most.

Why, you ask? It all starts with the promise. Williams was a 2005 first team All-American at Virginia Tech and came to the NFL with loads of potential. The Falcons had no first round pick in 2006 and spent the fifth overall selection in the second round on the cornerback, banking on Williams shoring up a weak secondary.

As those of us without short-term memory problems know, Williams didn't do a hell of a lot. In two seasons with the Falcons, he put up 34 tackles, three pass deflections and one interception. He was arrested in 2007 for possession of marijuana, put up a mediocre season with the Falcons and was cut by the new regime in 2008. From there, he latched on with the 49ers before earning a one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Now 27, it's possible that Williams could  wind up with another NFL team, but it won't be the Falcons. A frequently questioned work ethic, mediocre results on the field and a suspension are no way to get yourself off a list of all-time busts, and so here we are. I really had high hopes for Williams, too, but he turned out to be a colossal bust.

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