2006 Falcons Day 1 Draft Selections
Rd Pick Name Pos. Height Weight Age College
2 37 Jimmy Williams CB 6-3 216 22 Virginia Tech
3 79 Jerious Norwood RB 6-0 208 23 Mississippi State
The Falcons moved up in the second round eight spots to select coveted CB Jimmy Williams. The trade was completed while Green Bay was on the clock with the 37th pick, a selection they acquired just minutes earlier when they shipped disgruntled Pro Bowl wide receiver Javon Walker to Denver. The Falcons essentially swapped picks with the Packers in the second and fifth rounds, and also surrendered their second of two 3rd round picks (93rd overall) to Green Bay.
The trade details with Green Bay are as follows:
Falcons get: 5th pick in 2nd round (37th overall, selected DB Jimmy Williams) and 6th pick in 5th round (139th overall).
Packers get: 15th pick in 2nd round (47th overall), 29th in 3rd (93rd overall) and 15th in the 5th round (148th overall).
Jimmy Williams | Cornerback | Senior | Virginia Tech
Height: 6-2 3/8 | Weight: 213 | 40-Time: 4.41
Strengths Has tremendous size and a big frame with long arms…Is a brilliant natural athlete…Has excellent speed…Can run with receivers and recovers well…Very strong and physical…Gets a good jam and knows how to use his mass to his advantage…A ferocious hitter who still has the mentality of a safety…Has fluid hips and shows good footwork…Versatile and has played two positions…Upside. Former teammate of DeAngelo Hall’s at VaTech.
Weaknesses May be a bit of a CB / S ‘tweener…Will miss tackles while going for the knock out hit…Lacks discipline on the field…May not have the instincts to play corner at the next level…Inconsistent and doesn’t always play up to his immense talent…Still developing after only two years of experience at the position…Very confident, bordering on cocky, and tends to give opposing teams bulletin board material.
Notes Former safety who could easily project to that position in the pros as well…Has an ideal blend of size, speed and athleticism…Has rare ability and all the physical tools…There could be some varied opinions as to what position he will play but a team would be crazy to not at least give him a chance outside at corner at first.
Jerious Norwood | Running Back | Senior | Mississippi St.
Height: 5-11 5/8 | Weight: 210 | 40-Time: 4.40
Strengths Very good vision and natural instincts…Has excellent timed speed which enables him to turn the corner…Is very quick with a burst…Plays bigger than he is and will run up the middle with some power…Has good hands in the passing game…Will break tackles and pick up extra yardage…Very productive and made a lot of big plays…Hard worker with top intangibles…Has a lot of experience…Was durable.
Weaknesses Size is only average at best…Not very bulky and has a frail build…Needs to hit the weight room and get stronger…Not as explosive in the open field as you would think…Needs to work on mastering the finer points of the position such as route running and blocking…Can he be more than a situational player at the pro level?
Notes The big question is whether he can be an every-down back due to his lack of ideal size…Between his speed and production at the college level it wouldn’t be hard to see some team taking this guy off the board earlier than most would expect.