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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Thad Williams, CB, Tennessee-Martin

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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Thad Williams, CB, Tennessee-Martin

Thad Williams established himself as one of the best shutdown corners in the Ohio Valley Conference, capturing All-OVC second team defense honors in 2012.  Williams is a very solid corner with great skills.  He is a physical guy, that loves to lay a hit on people.  His teammates both Jeremy Butler and former wide out Quentin Sims both felt he was the best corner in the OVC.  That is big coming from two guys that will both be in the NFL.  Thad has overcome a lot, and if he gets the shot in the NFL he could surprise quite a bit of people, especially in a zone scheme.

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school? 


Where did you choose and why?

Hutchinson Community College, I had to go to junior college because I was too small.

What were your goals for your senior year?

To have 80 tackles, 2 interceptions at least one returned for six


At your position, what separates you from the others?

My knowledge and knowing what to do in certain situations based on what down it is and tackling because I can play corner and nickel back and safety

Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?

Route combinations, the speed of the receiver, quickness, and how physical the receiver is

Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?

Alan Bonner (Jacksonville State) he was extremely fast and quick out of his breaks

If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be? 

Charles Woodson

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Coming back to play after 2 ACL back to back surgeries, hardwork and dedication

What system fits your style of play the best?

3-4, 3-3-5

What is your biggest strength?

My knowledge of the game, coverage

What is your biggest weakness?

Trusting others on the field with me and stop trying to do others job. Got to start being more aggressive  when the ball is in the air.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I would love to play for you I will do anything in my power to turn this organization around, to win a championship

Growing up, who was your role model?

Grandfather and my uncle

Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?

Atlanta Falcons because I’m from Georgia

What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?

Lost my grandmother, and I promised her I would get her to one of my games which never happened. So I dedicated my senior season to her.

If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?

My grandmother, my granddaddy, my girlfriend

With your first paycheck what would you buy?

My mother a house

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