The San Diego Chargers must have a fondness for Cal football players, selecting their second consecutive Golden Bear after picking cornerback
“Steve is a really good cover corner, so that was a big thing for us,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said. “He’s got outstanding speed, excellent quickness, ran 4.35 at the combine. He’s got great ball production as far as passes broken up, interceptions. He can come in and help cover people.”
Williams is coming off an impressive junior year, in which he recorded 80 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three interceptions in 12 starts en route to being honored as a Pac-12 honorable mention pick, Cal’s Bear Backers MVP and team’s Most Valuable Back defensively.
“This kid has the size and the skill set to play inside at nickel,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “If he’ll tackle more consistently, he can be a nickel and he can also help in the return game because of his great speed.”
But Williams really made a name for himself at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, posting the fastest unofficial 40-yard dash time at 4.25 seconds before it being changed to 4.42. He was the only cornerback to break 4.3 seconds in the unofficial timing. His 40.5-inch vertical leap and 128-inch broad jump were among the best for defensive backs.
“At the combine with my speed, it was definitely just being able to get on the radar,” Williams said. “People really didn’t know about me. So, people didn’t think I could run that fast. I think that was the best opportunity to show I could run with anybody.”
Originally from Dallas, Tex., Williams stands at 5-foot-10 and weighs 185 pounds. He started in all 25 games and finished with career totals of 150 tackles, nine tackles for loss, one sack and six interceptions.
Going against Williams on the practice field will be former teammate and record-setting Cal wide receiver
“Yeah, it is pretty cool,” Williams said of reuniting with Allen.
Until today, Williams didn’t expect to be drafted by the Chargers, but is happy to stay in California.
“I had talked to them before,” Williams said. “They weren’t saying they were going to draft me, so I really didn’t know until they called me.”
Williams will be burning up turfs in the NFL this coming season.