Monday, July 25, 2011
Notre Dame Product Ian Williams Likely To Sign with 49ers
Former Notre Dame defensive lineman Ian Williams wasted no time capitalizing on the recently ended NFL lockout. After going undrafted in the 2011 NFL draft, he's been in contact with a few teams and narrowed his list of suitors to three: Dallas, Miami, and San Francisco.
Reports indicate he's ready to ink a deal with the 49ers tomorrow morning.
The biggest knock on Williams is that at 6'1" he lacks prototypical height and, accordingly, arm length for an NFL lineman. Still, some prognosticators thought a team would pick him up in one of the late rounds.
After failing to hear his name called as the draft wore on and he ultimately was passed over, he became increasingly disappointed and frustrated.
He continued working hard during the lockout and, finally, now that the labor dispute is over it appears Williams will get a shot at his dream job in the NFL.
Williams will have ample opportunity to prove himself to with a new staff led by former Stanford head coach and first year 49ers head man Jim Harbaugh. Defensive tackle, Williams' position, was one of the biggest needs for the 49ers so he will certainly get a good, long look.
Best of luck to him as he pursues his career in the pros!