February 26, 2008

Vikes' Williamson dealt after failure to produce

Category: NFL General — Patrick Stumpf @ 5:59 pm

After an unfruitful three-year stint with the Vikings, former 7th overall pick Troy Williamson was traded today to the Jags–for a 6th round pick. Just goes to show how much the guy’s stock has fell, after being sky high in 2005. Everyone should remember when Minnesota selected the South Carolina speedster over Mike Williams, which sparked immediate controversy and the direction the team was going post- Randy Moss. According to the Vikes’ front office, Williamson fit the Moss-mold better than Williams did, with his big play ability down the field he exhibited in college. Either way, Williams went three picks later to the Lions, and to this day neither one of them has shown anything. Granted, the QB carousel in Minneapolis didn’t help Troy, but a #7 overall selection is expected to be a difference maker no matter what situation he inherits. Williamson certainly has not been; he’s only managed to compile three TD’s thusfar. Now he will head to a great situation in Jacksonville, and for dirt cheap.  At still 24 years old, Williamson provides David Garrard with another target, with Reggie Williams, Dennis Northcutt, Ernest Wilford, and Matt Jones already in the fold.  While it’s yet to be seen if he will start, no question he’ll get every opportunity to do so, he just needs to prove himself worthy. 

Combine wraps up: With the NFL Combine wrapping up today, some of the biggest movers include Arkansas RB Darren McFadden, who clocked an impressive 4.33 40 time.  CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a player many mock drafts have slotted to the Packers in the opening round, also ran a blistering 4.33 time.  Rodgers-Cromartie not only showed up in the individual drills, but more importantly he had a terrific Senior Bowl.  Coming out of Tennessee State, he needed to show what he could do against top-flight competition, and it sounds like he accomplished what he set out to do. We’ll see where Ted Thompson ultimately decides to go in two months, but for now corner and running-back look like the top two options, with a TE possible in the later rounds after Bubba Franks’ release.

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