The Chicago Bears informed the media that former first round pick Chris Williams was let go today. I remember him coming out of Vanderbilt University in 2008 as a highly touted offensive tackle, considered the third best behind #1 overall pick Jake Long, who went to the Miami Dolphins and #12 Ryan Clady to the Denver Broncos respectably.
Most experts had Chris Williams highest rated blocker out of the SEC that season, as he only allowed one sack and had twelve knockdown blocks that resulted in touchdowns.
The 6′ 6″ 315lb. prospect never seemed to pan out since he was hurt so often between back and hamstring injuries, he didn’t even make his pro debut in 2008 until November. Also, due to the Bears bringing in other players, such as sure fire hall of fame left tackle Orlando Pace, he was moved from left tackle to right, and eventually back to left after it was made clear that Orlando wasn’t the same man he used to be.
In 2010, after a hamstring injury set him back a couple weeks, he was moved yet again from left tackle to left guard. All and all he was moved around so much for various reasons that he could never could get used to staying in one position for too long. I honestly don’t know if a team will take a look at this 27 year old former first round pick, but if they do they might have to re-develop him and start new.
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