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No chance of J. Williams pickup

Jun 17, 2008, 9:47 PM EST

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On Tuesday, the Atlanta Falcons released safety Jimmy Williams, a 2006 second-round draft pick out of Virginia Tech.

As usually happens when a player who was a high pick in a recent draft is cut loose, folks are asking if the Washington Redskins might have any interest in picking him up.

I can generally hazard an educated guess as to whether or not there will be any interest on the part of the Redskins. Often I’m right, sometimes I’m wrong.

In the case of Williams, however, I can give a definitive no. That’s because he gave the organization one of the worst first impressions ever.

Be advised that the details of this story are somewhat hazy as I received them two computers ago and I can’t dredge up the original document. But the essence of the story is what’s important.

Williams did a pre-draft visit to Redskins Park when he came out of Tech. He didn’t make a very good first impression as he showed up with a small posse and seemed distracted as he was sending and receiving text messages while he was being greeted.

It got worse from there. During a meeting with Gregg Williams and some other defensive coaches, J. Williams’ cell phone rang. He answered it and started chatting it up with one of his buddies. G. Williams was not amused.

It didn’t have a chance to get worse from there. Within minutes the player and his posse were back in the car on their way back to the airport after one of the shortest draft visits in history.

Williams won’t get second chance to make a first impression with the Skins.

That probably wasn’t the only such visit that Williams had in ’06. He originally was projected to be a top-15 selection. As the interview process went on, he slid down the board until he wound up being the 37th pick.

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