Mike Williams has been called a quitter. He has also been called an off-the-field problem.
Those are tough labels to escape, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie receiver is working hard to do so and earn the reputation he wants most.
"I want to be the steal of the draft," Williams said.
He's off to a good start. Williams has been the star of the Bucs' early training-camp work. He's already running with the first team and, barring a disastrous preseason, Williams will open the regular season as a starting receiver for a team in need of a big-play weapon.
Not bad for a fourth-round pick, one Tampa Bay took two rounds behind another receiver, Arrelious Benn. But Williams is no ordinary fourth-round pick. Were it not for some off-field issues, coupled with being said to have quit the team at Syracuse in 2009, Williams might have been a first-round pick.
Williams is rated 65th among WRs at 4fo4.com. His ADP is the 20th round, which means he won't even get drafted in a lot of leagues. He's just another young WR to keep an eye on this offseason and as the season starts. He'll have his growing pains this year, but should get lots of chances to catch balls with the Bucs most likely playing from behind.