Daryl Williams: Panthers Pick in the 4th Round


Oklahoma tackle Daryl Williams was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round at pick 102.

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That seems simple enough, but the road to get here was actually a little complicated.

First, the Panthers did not own pick 102 in the fourth round. For the second day in a row, Dave “We Will

Not Be Trading Up” Gettleman made a trade to move up to grab a team need. In this case Gettleman traded the 124th, 161st (Fifth Round), and 242nd (Seventh Round) to the Oakland Raiders in order to go and get Daryl Williams.

Second, Williams had to be there. Neither Williams nor the Panthers thought he would be available in the fourth round. Williams evidently took it pretty hard that he had not been a pick in the first two days of the draft. This is according to Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer. The Panthers also had a third round grade for him and no third round pick (lost in the Devin Funchess trade).

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  • The result is that the Panthers finally get some tackle help in the draft that they needed. Williams will get to be instrumental on the team that finally did get him. He is 6’6” and 329 pounds. He was all Big 12 in his senior year for the Oklahoma Sooners.

    Anyone who has been following the draft through the Banter knows that I was pushing for a lineman the whole way through. Now we will see what Gettleman hath wrought. Williams played right tackle in college, but is considered to be flexible enough to play both spots. The only concern is that he does not automatically displace anybody on the line.

    Gettleman will have a couple more chances to improve the offensive line with undrafted free agents and veterans who don’t make the cut in other teams’ training camps. Expect Williams to be part of the puzzle going forward.

    Next: The Carolina Panthers Draft Devin Funchess