Marcus Williams arrived to North Dakota State in 2009, this is where the Bison would put together one of the most impressive college football runs in recent years. When Williams was added to the Bison’s defense in 2010 the success that was shared with his teammates was one for the history books.
In four seasons with the Bison, Williams was part of a program that posted a 52-7 record (with 5 of those losses coming in 2010) with three Missouri Valley Football Conference championships (2011, 2012, 2013) and three FCS National Championships (2011,2012,2013).
Add in the fact that Williams appeared in 56 of those games and had 107 total tackles, 21 career interceptions, 78 pass deflections, 9 career touchdowns (7 int. returns, 2 kickoff returns) and his spot duties in returning kicks and punts. Williams was a big piece of the Bison’s run to glory with an impressive team that saw three of this other teammates from the 2013 roster to find a home in the NFL this season.
Williams (5-11, 196 lbs.) arrives to Houston in a good situation and he is one of two rookie cornerbacks (Andre Hal) that will be heading into OTAs with the veterans on the team. His success at the collegiate level is one that is hard to believe, but he is ready to start his NFL journey.
“That was a great time there, but to be honest I am trying to move forward. College was then, I had a great career there and loved everything I did there. Now I am just trying to focus on what I have to do here. This is a big opportunity for me and I am going to be as coachable as I can and learn the playbook as fast as I can.”
Despite his accolades in college, Williams still went undrafted and waited patiently for something to develop. Late in the third day, the Texans came calling for Williams.
“I was a relief to get a call from the scout just because I have worked so hard over my entire time in my career and my whole life. Just to get to the NFL. Now that I am here, I am going to make the most of it, I’m excited. I’m ready to go to work and compete. This is a fun time for me. I am going to go out there and have as much fun as I can and earn a job.”
There was some disappointment from Vikings fans that the Minneapolis native did not land with the Minnesota Vikings. Williams did not seem too disappointed that he did not land in his hometown especially when he started talking about the opportunity the Texans have given him,
“I’m glad to be a Texan and I am glad to be down here with this group of rookies and these coaches. This is the right spot for me.”
Williams will be pushing for a roster spot with fellow rookie Andre Hal and veterans Elbert Mack, Josh Victorian and A.J. Bouye lining out the depth at cornerback. With Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph the penciled in starters and Brandon Harris as the nickel cornerback at the moment, there is room for Williams to move up the depth chart.
Versatility is the key and that is what Williams brings and with questionable depth on the team at cornerback, Williams will have to work his way from the bottom of the roster to a roster spot. His ability to play inside or outside of the defense and return kicks is a good start and the success he had in college is something he can use to build on in the NFL.
The Texans are a prime spot for Williams to succeed and now it is up to him to go win a job in Houston.