Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley (8) catches a touchdown pass under pressure from Vanderbilt cornerback Joejuan Williams (8) at Sanford Stadium in Athens on Saturday, October 6, 2018. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Falcons' draft board: Five questions with Vanderbilt CB Joejuan Williams

Former Vanderbilt cornerback Joejuan Williams is a projected second-round pick who’s had a private work out with the Falcons.

“Too physical for his own good, at times,” writes Ric Serritella in the NFL Draft Bible 2019. “ Can get himself off balance with his initial jam of the receiver and isn't afraid to trade jabs down the sidelines, battling for position. Like most taller corners, Williams is a bit vulnerable to shiftier wideouts, projecting exclusively as a perimeter corner (or even a safety).”

The Williams file: 

Height: 6-foot, 3.5-inches

Weight: 211 pounds

40-yard dash: 4.55 seconds at Pro Day; 4.64 at combine

Bench: 17

Vertical: not available 

10-yard split: 1.65 seconds

20-yard: 2.71 seconds

3-Cone Drill: not available

Broad Jump: not available

October 7, 2017 Nashville: Georgia tailback Elijah Holyfield breaks away from Vanderbilt defender Joejuan Williams for a touchdown to take a 45-7 lead during the fourth quarter in a NCAA college football game on Saturday, October 7, 2017, in Nashville. Curtis Compton/
Photo: Compton

Five questions with Williams 

Q: What will it mean to get drafted in hometown?

A: “It’s going to be special. Last year, hearing the draft was going to be in Nashville, I thought it would be very special that I am from Nashville, I went

to school in Nashville, and the draft is going to be in Nashville. Just the thought of getting drafted there, it would be very special to me.”

Q: How did time at Vanderbilt help you?

A: “Vanderbilt helped me ten-fold. Vanderbilt taught me how to watch film, how to be a (defensive back), (head) coach (Derek) Mason, (cornerbacks) coach Terrence Brown and (defensive backs) coach Marc Mattioli did a great job with me, molding me into the person I am today. The academic piece molded me into the man I am today. And just with time management skills, figuring out how to take classes, how to do practice, how to manage game time situations. Vanderbilt helped me out a ton.”

Q: When did you fall in love with football?

A: “I fell in love with football at the age of five. Right down the street from my granny’s crib is a youth football organization, and I saw they had sign-ups and

I just begged my mom to sign me up. Ever since I put that oversized helmet on, I fell in love with it that day.”

Q: Who did you look up to in NFL growing up?

A: “Just like I was looking up to all the Titans players back in the day, from Steve McNair to Eddie George to Chris Johnson, Vince Young. All those guys that I looked

up to when they played for the Titans, kids are doing the same thing (for me), and I just want to be that role model.”

Q: Would you like to get drafted by the Titans?

A: “Playing for the hometown team, what I would say is don’t draft me just because I’m from Nashville. Draft me because I am the best option, the best defensive

back in the draft. Playing for the Titans, that would be something special, too.”


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» Georgia CB Deandre Baker 

» Charleston DL John Cominsky

» North Carolina LB Cole Holcomb

» Eastern Michigan DE Maxx Crosby

» Temple DT Michael Dogbe

» Alabama State OT Tytus Howard

» Michigan LB Chase Winovich

»  Houston CB Isaiah Johnson 


Round 1, No. 14 overall

Round 2, No. 45 overall

Round 3, No. 79 overall

Round 4, No. 117 overall

Round 4, No. 137 overall (compensatory)

Round 5, No. 152 overall

Round 5, No. 172 overall (compensatory)

Round 6, No. 186 overall

Round 7, No. 230 overall

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