Earlier today, Adam Schefter reported some good news for the former cornerback for the Florida State Seminoles, P.J. Williams:
State of Florida told DJ Williams' attorney, Jonathan Simon, it will not pursue charges against FSU CB for DUI he was arrested for April 3.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2015
Williams has long been a top target for teams looking to boost their secondary in the 2015 NFL Draft. His college resume features him being selected for second-team All-ACC in 2014, an honorable mention for All-ACC in 2013 and was a crucial part of the Seminoles' stretch over 2013-2015 in which they won a National Championship, earned a spot in the first ever NCAA playoffs, and compiled a 27-1 overall record.
Williams was originally thought to be between a late first round draft pick and a second round draft pick; however, his 4.58 40-yard dash time posted at the NFL Scouting Combine and his being arrested earlier this month, did not help his draft stock.
Williams' stock might be on the rise at just the right time. Late last month, he posted an unofficial 4.4 40-yard dash time at the Florida State pro day, impressing scouts with the contradiction to his Combine performance.
Now with the threat of potentially being charged gone, it seems that Williams may not have to worry about dropping any further than the second round of the NFL draft.
Back in December, while the Seminoles were still on an undefeated streak that spanned two years, our own big_jay71 mocked Williams to the Steelers with us having the 26th pick in the draft; citing the obvious need for selecting a cornerback in this draft, Williams' six-foot 196 pound frame, and the good instincts he was displaying with his play in the Seminole's secondary. At the time, Williams was considered to be the third best cornerback in the draft behind Marcus Peters and Trae Waynes.
The retirement of Jason Worilds in the offseason, as well as the decision not to pursue any starting pass rusher in free agency, indicate that the Steelers might not go with a defensive back as their first choice of the 2015 draft. But it begs a legitimate question to ask: Are Peters, Waynes or Williams worth the investment of the Steelers' 22nd overall pick.
After Williams' saga of events, it is also a legitimate question as to whether Williams will still be able to fall to the Steelers' pick, or if he will still be an option for Pittsburgh to pickup in the second round.