The road to the NFL for former Kentucky Wildcats middle linebacker Avery Williamson begins this weekend when he suits-up in the annual NFLPA All-Star game. Regarded as the third or fourth-best college football All-Star game, not many players in this game will hear their names called in this year’s NFL Draft.
It’s still a great opportunity for players like Avery to get their name out their and make an impression to NFL scouts and front-office personnel who are watching it.
Eve if he’s drafted late or not even drafted at all, 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.
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.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be played Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.