Orchard Park (WKBW) The Buffalo Bills kicked off day three of the NFL draft by adding a versatile option at safety. The Bills selected Duke Williams out of Nevada in the fourth round with the 105th pick.
At 5-foot-11, 201 ppunds Williams started in 38-of-50 games at strong safety at Nevada and finished his career with 292 tackles and five forced fumbles.
Bills Scout Brad Forsyth described Williams as a tough and physical player who is a proven tackler. The Bills like his instincts and his versatility. Forsyth says Williams has the ability to play corner if needed or slide inside in the nickel. He also plays with a bit of a mean streak.
Williams finished as one of the defensive leaders at Nevada but his college career started with several off the field incidents. WIlliams was suspended three times as a freshman. Once for an alcohol related incident, another for a fight with a teammate.
"I went through some ups and downs through my college career.", said WIlliams in a conference call. "It’s just something you learn from as a person growing up. One thing about life is you learn from your mistakes. One thing is I became a better person from those mistakes that I made. It’s a great outcome. I’m still on the team, made it to get drafted and help the organization win a championship.", said WIlliams