Nevada's Duke Williams Goes to the Bills in Round 4 of the NFL Draft

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

According to the Bills website (, when asked about how competative Nevada is, Williams said, "It’s real competitive. These last couple years we’ve had some great football players come out, make an impact and contribute in the next level. These last couple years we had (Colin) Kaepernick , a lot of guys know him, we had James-Michael Johnson come in and make an impact. We have a lot of talent up there in Nevada."

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills have drafted Nevada safety Michael 'Duke' Williams with the 105th pick.

Listed at 5-foot-11, 201 pounds, Williams is considered a play-maker in the secondary and is known for his sprinter speed. Williams played mostly at strong safety at Nevada and finished with 292 tackles, 18 pass breakups and four interceptions.

Williams gives the Bills some much-needed depth at safety. Buffalo's top safety, Jairus Byrd, is unsigned after receiving the franchise tag and the Bills have little experience on the roster behind Byrd.

Williams is the second Bills draft pick to have encountered off-field problems. He was arrested in 2009 for underage possession of alcohol and in 2011 for driving with a suspended license and without insurance after being involved in a car accident. On Friday, the Bills selected Oregon linebacker Kristian 'Kiko' Alonso, who was suspended for the entire 2010 season due to separate alcohol-related offenses.

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