Chris Williams was drafted in 2008 to solidify the left tackle position for the next fifteen years. The athletic big man out of Vanderbilt didn't see the field much because of injury his rookie year, but started, and struggled, at right tackle.
But once Williams was moved to Jay Cutler's blind side, something clicked. He helped pave the way for Matt Forte, who started running much better when Williams was in the lineup. He also gave Jay Cutler much more time and helped him conclude his disastrous season on the highest note possible.
His most notable performance was by far in the Bears best game of the season, a 36-30 overtime thriller that took home-field advantage away from the rival Vikings. Defensive Player of the Year candidate Jared Allen was shut down in that game. While he did receive help, Williams more then held his own against the sack artist.
So what does the future hold for Williams? In his first training camp running as the first-team left tackle, he'll get an even better hold on playing the position at the NFL level. In his third season, he faces vicious pass-rushers such as DeMarcus Ware, Clay Matthews, Brian Orakpo, Justin Tuck, and Jared Allen. If he can carry his momentum from the end of the season into next year, the Bears offense will be significantly better.