Schein: Round 1 winners, losers
Williams was widely viewed as a top-20 pick, and when he dropped to the Broncos' spot at No. 28, it was too good to resist for Broncos executive John Elway. The Broncos ran four mock drafts in the lead-up to selection day and Williams didn't drop below No. 25 in any of them. "We were thrilled to death that he was there by the time it got to us," Elway said.
The Missouri native, who enrolled at North Carolina after two years in junior college, finished with 20 1/2 tackles for loss, 8 1/2 sacks and 11 quarterback hurries in his two years with the Tar Heels.
It has been quite a quick rise for Williams, who only played one season of football in high school. In fact, at one point, he got kicked out of high school for poor attendance but returned and tried out for the football team his senior year.
Williams said he took no umbrage as he watched his name linger on the draft board for an hour or longer than many people expected.
"I had no idea, but I'm just really looking forward to the opportunity to be a first-round pick and be affiliated with whatever team took a chance," he said. "The Denver Broncos took a chance on me. At the end of the day, I'm the 28th pick of the draft and I'm going to come in ... and we're going to win the Super Bowl next year."
"We hope he has the career Trevor had," Elway said. "If he does, we'd be in good shape."
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