Tampa Bay added depth to one of its key positions in the sixth round, drafting North Carolina State tight end T.J. Williams with its second pick of the round.
“I feel real good about it,” said Williams. “I’m glad [the Bucs] chose me. I’m going to do a good job for you all and work my hardest. I appreciate every bit of it, and I’m a Buc now, baby.”
While the 6-foot-2, 260-pound Williams lacks the ideal size, burst and pass-catching ability that head coach Jon Gruden’s offense dictates, he is touted as an above-average seal blocker on the offensive line.
“I can definitely be a complete tight end,” said Williams. “I’m going to work extra hard. I’m going to come in and do everything that I have to do.”
Although his hands need some work, Williams was considered a legitimate receiving threat at North Carolina State, catching 97 career passes for 1,247 yards and five touchdowns. He also helped to elevate his stock by running in the mid 4.7 range and benching 410 pounds.
The Bucs continue the trend of drafting solid character guys with intelligence. Williams attended Hargrove Military Academy prior to transferring to N.C. State and was awarded the Leadership Award in 2005 by the N.C. State coaches and players.
Tampa Bay desparetly needed to add depth to the tight end position. The Bucs are thin behind Alex Smith and Anthony Becht. The team has two other tight ends – Dave Moore and Mark Anelli – on their offseason roster, but both players are viewed primarily as long snappers. If he can make an immediate impact on special teams, Williams could stand a good chance of securing an active roster spot in 2006.
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