Some may be asking why Williams is going to be a 24-year-old rookie and it's definitely an understandable question.
The talented defensive tackle only played one season of high school football and wasn't seen as someone who had a future in college because his "high school academic transcript was dreadful."
This following report by Sporting News pretty much indicates where Williams' priorities were in high school:
Williams went to class twice, maybe three times, a week that second year of high school. His focus wasn’t on grades. It was about earning enough money to buy a car, and he had his eyes on a Tahoe or a 1987 Cutlass Supreme. His job at Backyard Burgers, then Taco Bell, took precedent. When Williams worked the 3 a.m. closing shift, there was little chance he’d get up and go to school.
Making a long story short, Williams just didn't amount to a whole lot in high school. He didn't grow up in the greatest of environments and struggled to make mature decisions.
The Sporting News report continues:
The day after graduation, Williams quit Taco Bell. He worked at Wal-Mart for a while before starting at Modine Manufacturing Company, a “real job,” in early August. For a 19-year-old kid in Jefferson City, $400 a week made for a very healthy paycheck.
After spending his Saturdays watching football while working at the manufacturing company, Williams made the decision to enroll at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas as a walk-on.
It goes without saying that Williams shined against inferior competition and drew a ton of interest from major college programs before deciding on North Carolina as his new home.
It's this type of story that really makes it fun to cover the draft for a living. Just four short years after earning $400 a week in a menial job, Williams is on the verge of becoming a million dollar football player in the National Football League.