2013 NFL Draft: Why Duke Williams Will Be Drafted By The 49ers


Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad defensive back Duke Williams of Nevada (4) prior to kickoff of a game against the Senior Bowl south squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

In my latest mock on the FanSided Network, I have sealed the envelope and locked in my guy. And while his name may surprise you, I will give you three reasons why I believe he is a great fit for the San Francisco 49ers. So without further ado, with the 31st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select S Duke Williams from Nevada.

I know all the hype has been surrounding FS Jonathan Cyprien from Florida International, but Williams is no slouch by any means. He plays with good range and doubles as a fearless tackler. A former sprinter, Williams is not afraid to mix it up. Aside from his physical skill set, Williams played in a bigger conference than Cyprien, which will sway GM Trent Baalke to lean towards the Mountain West Conference star.

Another reason why Williams will be the selection, is due to the fact that Baalke can’t help but prove to the world, he knows how to find talent, even at the end of each round. Last year, Baalke took a gamble on WR A.J. Jenkins which was quickly scrutinized by the media, and looks more and more like a first-round bust. However, Baalke wants to redeem himself this time around, and the selection of Williams, with other notable players on the board such as, NT Jesse Williams (Alabama), NT John Jenkins (Georgia), and DE Margus Hunt (SMU) will again stir up a debate. But then again, the NFL Draft pundits were quick to lash out at Baalke after the selection of OLB Aldon Smith, and look how that turned out. I have a gut feeling that Williams will be the choice, we will just have to wait and see.

Williams is a 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh type of guy. He is smart, hard working, and has a team first attitude. He fits the culture to a tee. It is also good to note that Williams was also in for a pre-draft visit, so he is at least talked about in the war room. When the 49ers are on the clock do not be surprised when you hear Duke Williams’ name called.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004021429311 Jed Gel

    Two questions as a follow up:

    1) Do you think Williams will still be available with the Niners second pick? If so, why not wait until then?

    2) I would be really surprised if the Niners don’t trade up. If they do, who do you imagine them targeting?

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Thank you for the feedback Jed.

      1. To answer your first question, if Jonathan Cyprien is not chosen, then Duke Williams will be available with the 34th pick. However, Williams has been busy with pre-draft visits, most notably the Colts and Patriots, leaving me to wonder if he would be available.

      2. If they do decide to trade up, look for them to target three players which include, NT Star Lotuleilei, CB Xavier Rhodes, and S Kenny Vaccaro. I can imagine them trading with the New York Jets (13th overall selection) to leap frog other teams ahead of them, looking for those players services.