By Tim Graham
Aaron Williams isn't a cornerback anymore. The Buffalo Bills are moving him to safety.
General Manager Buddy Nix seemed to disclose Williams' conversion by accident today at the Bills' annual pre-draft luncheon. When discussing the importance of cornerbacks in today's NFL, Nix mentioned Williams as having played the position in the past tense.
Asked for clarification on Williams being switched to safety, Nix replied, "Yeah, now I'm saying that. That's [the coaching staff's] decision, but that's one they've made so far."
The decision to switch Williams from cornerback to safety indicates he's venturing even more into "bust" territory, especially at a news conference in which Nix discussed how vital cornerbacks are and how deep the safety position is in this year's draft.
"There's more safeties -- good safeties -- available this year in the draft than I've seen in 10 years," Nix said. "Sometimes we've got three guys up there in the first three or four rounds. This year, we've got them all the way through the draft."
Nix said the Bills want to draft a cornerback or sign one "or get one or two in free agency."
Williams was a white-knuckle defender last year. When opposing quarterbacks threw his direction, Buffalo fans braced themselves.
Williams missed five games last season with a leg injury, but ProFootballFocus.com tagged him for five passing touchdowns. Only 11 cornerbacks allowed more.
When throwing Williams' way, PFF showed quarterbacks posted a 120.4 rating, sixth highest in the NFL.
The Bills need a quarterback partly because they drafted Williams 34th overall in 2011. The 35th pick was Andy Dalton to the Cincinnati Bengals, and the 36th was Colin Kaepernick to the San Francisco 49ers.
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