Avery Williamson may be latest Wildcat taking Hard Road to NFL

 

Aug 31, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Avery Williamson (40) recovers a fumble by Western Kentucky Hilltoppers running back Antonio Andrews (not pictured) during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

The season is over for the Kentucky Wildcats football team, but for a number of hoping to play in the NFL next year, the offseason isn’t going to allow much rest. Middle linebacker Avery Williamson is the likeliest player to get drafted, but even he has a long way to go in convincing a team to spend a draft pick on him.

That’s what happens when you play on a team that struggles to win games, but looking at the success of Wesley Woodyard (undrafted) and Danny Trevathan (6th-round pick), getting overlooked in the draft isn’t a death sentence for his NFL career.

Here’s a ranking of all the MLB prospects according to CBS Sports:

RANK
        PLAYER
POS.
POS. RANK
SCHOOL
CLASS
HT.
WT.
PROJ. ROUND
62
Shayne Skov
ILB
1
Stanford
rSr
6-2
245
2
75
Chris Borland
ILB
2
Wisconsin
rSr
5-11
246
2-3
82
Christian Jones
ILB
3
Florida State
Sr
6-3
232
2-3
113
Yawin Smallwood
ILB
4
Connecticut
rJr
6-3
236
3
126
A.J. Johnson
ILB
5
Tennessee
Jr
6-2
243
3-4
140
Lamin Barrow
ILB
6
LSU
rSr
6-1
232
4
152
Max Bullough
ILB
7
Michigan State
Sr
6-3
245
4-5
172
Andrew Jackson
ILB
8
Western Kentucky
Sr
6-0
258
5
195
DeDe Lattimore
ILB
9
South Florida
rSr
6-0
237
5-6
234
Greg Blair
ILB
10
Cincinnati
rSr
6-1
252
6-7
255
Glenn Carson
ILB
11
Penn State
rSr
6-3
235
7
282
James Morris
ILB
12
Iowa
Sr
6-1
240
7-FA
302
Avery Williamson
ILB
13
Kentucky
Sr
6-1
238
7-FA
323
Jeremiah George
ILB
14
Iowa State
Sr
5-11
219
7-FA
330
Preston Brown
ILB
15
Louisville
Sr
6-2
260
7-FA

Williamson finished the season as UK’s leading tackler for the second consecutive year, posting 102 total tackles to rank tied for fourth in the SEC in that category. The senior also had four tackles for loss, one sack, three quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries.

He finished his career with 296 total tackles. Williamson, who played in 49 career games with 24 starts, had double-digit tackles in four games in 2013 and ended his career with 12 double-digit tackle games. In other words, I’m not betting against him having a productive NFL career. Just look at the Denver Broncos, who will play tonight with both Trevathan and Woodyard starting at linebacker.

 

 

Topics: Avery Williamson, Denver Broncos, Football, Kentucky Wildcats, NFL Draft

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