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Riverside's WR looks good

Riverside High graduate Mike Williams worked out for scouts from six NFL teams today at the Thurman Thomas Training Complex in Elma.

Williams, the former Syracuse receiver, looked good. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 and 4.55 seconds, depending on which scout's watch you checked. He ran 4.53 at the NFL Scouting Combine. That's a fine time for a receiver as big as Williams, who is 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds. He improved on his other testing results from the combine. He had a vertical jump of 36.5 inches (he had done 33.5 before). He did the broad jump in 9 feet, 10 inches. He did the short shuttle in either 4.17 or 4.21. he did the 60-yard shuttle in 11.69 seconds.

Williams looked explosive getting in and out of his breaks while running pass routes and catching the ball. Bills pro personnel assistant C.J. Leak threw passes to him. Teams represented at the workout were Buffalo, Baltimore, Cleveland, Green Bay, Tampa Bay and San Diego. Ravens receivers coach Jim Hostler oversaw the route-running portion of the workout.

"It was an improvement today. I showed them that I'm staying in shape and I'm still running," Williams said.

Williams could be a second-round pick in the NFL Draft. The the thing that could cause him to slip later than that is he was kicked off the Syracuse team last season after seven games.

"I made some mistakes. I’ve got to learn from my mistakes and make up for it," he said. "I’ve just tried to let all of them know that I can do this. This is what I do. I love football. If I don’t go in the first round, I’m going to be the steal of the draft. I tell people that: it don’t matter where I go, I’ll be the steal of the draft. I’m going to be a good character guy and love my teammates.”

Teams that have brought Williams in for a visit so far include Miami, Baltimore, Tampa, San Diego and Cleveland. He said he has five more visits scheduled before the draft.

---Mark Gaughan

 

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