Williams hopes to be an NFL 'steal'

Football: Glendale Community College product has good chance of hearing his name called in NFL Draft on Saturday.

April 28, 2011|By Grant Gordon,

GLENDALE — With a multitude of possible suitors and seemingly on the doorstep of realizing the dream of a future in the NFL, Zack Williams is anxiously awaiting this year's NFL Draft.

A former Glendale Community College standout, the 22-year-old center is projected by many draft websites to be selected in the seventh round on Saturday.

"I definitely see myself as being a steal in the late rounds," Williams said.

At 6-foot-3, 309 pounds, Williams possesses good size and strength for an NFL center. In the 2011 draft class, many pundits have him ranked as the eighth or ninth-best player at his position.


Throughout the process leading up to the draft, Williams has been through workouts, fielded myriad phone calls and dealt with his fair share of projections and predictions.

"I've been getting a lot of calls. … Pretty much a lot of calls from a lot of teams," Williams said. "I'm excited about that."

He's remained level-headed thus far, as he said his goal was just to be patient, admitting that he's equally nervous and excited about the coming days.

"It's been busy, but at the same time, it's been fun," Williams said.

A Pasadena High graduate, Williams was a two-year starter and standout under Coach John Cicuto at GCC before moving onto Washington State. Most predict he will be the only Washington State product to be taken and he would also make his share of history locally, as well.

According to GCC, Williams could become the first Vaqueros product to be drafted since Mark McMillian was taken in 1992 in the 10th round by the Philadelphia Eagles and could eventually become the first former Vaq to play in the NFL since Wes Bender, an undrafted free agent, played for the New Orleans Saints in 1997.

Should Williams join the NFL ranks — whether as a draft pick or a free agent — he would join area products Ramses Barden (Flintridge Prep graduate), a receiver for the New York Giants, and Eben Britton (Burroughs High graduate), an offensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars, on the playing field. As far as GCC goes, two former Vaqueros players are currently in the NFL's head coaching ranks, as Andy Reid is in the midst of a long tenure with the Eagles, while Hue Jackson is set for his first season as the Oakland Raiders' head coach.

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