The Detroit Lions Draft Antwione Williams In The Fifth Round

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Antwione Williams joins the Lions in the fifth round

With the 169th pick of the NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have taken linebacker Antwione Williams! Welcome to Detroit Antwione! Williams was an honorable mention for the All-Sun Belt team in 2014 and 2015. Williams had 172 tackles, 18.5 for loss, seven sacks, five pass deflections and five forced fumbles in his two years playing at Georgia Southern. He missed the 2013 season due to an injury, but has been healthy since being red shirted that year. Check out his profile here.

Why did the Lions draft Antwione Williams?

Detroit definitely needs some help at linebacker. DeAndre Levy will return after missing majority of the season last year, also Tahir Whitehead returned on a two year deal. Stephen Tulloch is still on the team after having being told he would be cut. Josh Bynes and Kyle Van Noy are some of the other current Lions players at the position. Williams can come in and compete for a backup spot for Detroit. Williams is a big man at 6 foot 3, weighing 245 pounds. He can dissect plays with skill and tracks the ball extremely well. He understands the holes for the running back and has made a career of filling them up with his big size. He has very long arms and he loves to hit hard when the opportunity presents itself. He ran a 4.8 40 yard dash at his pro day, which means whatever you want it to.

I personally am not very excited about this pick, as Detroit left Scooby Wright on the board, but I can talk more about that on our Writer’s Roundtable tomorrow on our blossoming YouTube channel.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to come back here for the rest of the NFL draft today for the final rounds!

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Brandon Knapp
Brandon Knapp is a senior at Central Michigan University, majoring in Journalism, minoring in Sports Management. He was born and raised in the city of Marysville, MI. He also writes for and covers the Michigan Wolverines Football team (his other love). Brandon also enjoys watching the Detroit Red Wings, Pistons and Tigers.