Syracuse WR Mike Williams Will Be the Steal of the 2010 NFL Draft

Christopher DiCarlo@OfficialCJGatzContributor IIMarch 1, 2010

Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams worked out today at the NFL Scouting Combine, and proved he's worthy of being drafted into the NFL.

Williams is projected as a third round draft pick in the upcoming draft, which I think for a man with his talent, that's a steal.

Yes he has a troubled past. Willams was suspended for the entire 2008 season because of an academic issue. He made a strong comeback his senior season in 2009, regaining the trust of Syracuse football fans.

In the first seven games in the '09 season, Mike Williams had 49 receptions for 746 yards and six touchdowns. Williams was a force again in NCAA Div. I football.

Though he will tell you he didn't, Mike Williams quit the Syracuse football program after those seven games and didn't return for the entire season. Nobody seems to know why he mysteriously departed from the team, but he lost the trust and respect from the Orange fans yet again.

Now Williams finds himself competing to show the NFL teams that he is not a quitter. He's working his butt off to get into shape and prove he is still worth a spot on an NFL roster.

I think a team will give Mike Williams a shot, but he will be drafted a lot later than he could've been if he stayed with the team and continued his dominance. If Williams didn't quit the team, he could easily be the No. 2 ranked wide receiver in the draft right now.

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He would easily be a first or early second round draft choice, making money that he will need to work even harder for now in the NFL. But, that talent just doesn't disappear. He is still an amazing athlete, standing 6'2", and this kid can still play and has the potential to be as good as the No. 2 receiver in the draft.

That is why Mike Williams will be this year's biggest steal in the NFL Draft. He's still got it, and he proved it today at the NFL Scouting Combine. Don't sleep on this kid, remember his name, 'cause you will see him a lot in the future of the NFL.