Draft Prospect Interview: Keiland Williams

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Former LSU running back Keiland Williams caught up with Scout.com during the NFL combine. Williams is projected as a sixth-round draft pick, but is looking to improve his stock during the course of this week. Will he be reunited with teammate and close friend Early Doucet? Tyson Qualls breaks down the interview and details his chances of becoming an Arizona Cardinal.

Williams was moderately successful during his college career. He posted his best season in 2007 when he finished with 478 yards rushing and six touchdowns. He also caught 9 passes for 113 yards.

While Williams is clearly not a top tier prospect, he does have the tangibles to contribute on an NFL franchise. His wide range of skills makes him closer to the complete package than other 6th round projected backs.

His current injury has also sent him falling down the draft boards. When asked about what he wanted to accomplish during the combine, Williams responded with this comment:

"Just do the interview process. I really won't be doing anything because of the injury. So just get through the interview process, I can just impress coaches and get them to come down to my Pro Day, and then they'll get the opportunity to see what I am capable of doing."

Williams was then asked about the current status of his injury.

"I am about 80 percent, probably really could run if I wanted to but as far as like shake wise, I am not where I really want to be."

The Arizona Cardinals are not exactly in need of a running back, with the success of Beanie Wells, Tim Hightower and LaRod Stephens-Howling. However, with the age of Jason Wright, they could be looking for a long term replacement to the veteran.

Williams posseses the wide range of skills that makes him comparable to a Wright type of player. If the Cardinals were to draft him, what kind of player would they be getting?

"I think they will be getting a very versatile back who is capable of just [being] well-rounded from the physical standpoint, the medical and the mental standpoint of the game. Someone that can really come in early and contribute."

How close is Williams to current Cardinals receiver Early Doucet?

"My mom just spoke to Early a couple weeks ago. I'll be getting in touch with him sometime soon. Usually in the offseason, he comes back to Lafayette. He and I converse on a regular basis."

Williams has met with a few teams during the course of the week, none of which he would single out as a team he was extremely interested in. With the Cardinals healthy stable of running backs and Coach Whisenhunt's affinity for Wright, the odds of Williams reuniting with Doucet in 2010 are unlikely. While multi-faceted game would make a good addition for most teams, there is simply no room in the Cardinals' backfield.

Questions or Comments? Contact Tyson Qualls at tysonqsports@gmail.com or on Twitter with @tysonqsports

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