San Diego Chargers: CB Steve Williams Must Prove Himself During Preseason

By Erwin Mendoza
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James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers 2013 NFL fifth-round draft pick, Steve Williams, has a lot of upside to him, especially his ability to play against the pass. A pectoral injury in the preseason landed him on IR to close out the year. Williams’ absence was great, and 2014 must be a bounce-back season for him.

Williams was drafted based on an Andrew Luck scouting trip by Tom Telesco when he was in the front office of the Indianapolis Colts. Williams’ greatest skill is to bat down balls and break up catches. Because of a single Williams interception off Luck, Telesco took note of that for the future.

But because he injured himself, his 2013 season was null. And because of the Derek Cox fiasco, the Chargers are going to draft another cornerback in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. That corner could be Jason Verrett (TCU), but regardless, the Chargers must find a lock-down corner for the immediate future.

Right now the Chargers have Shareece Wright and Richard Marshall as the starting cornerbacks. Wright has played better toward the end of 2013, and Marshall is an average player who plays better on special teams than defense.

Williams could be a part of that future, but his injury hindered his on the field growth and maturity. It’s not guaranteed Williams will be on the 53-man roster because of the unproven skills at the professional level. No matter how it’s spun, Williams has a lot of work cut out for him to prove himself above the rest.

Erwin Mendoza is a San Diego Chargers writer for Follow him on Twitter @erwinsports, or add him to your network on Google.

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