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2016 Lions' draft selections: LB Antwione Williams is the 169th pick overall

The Lions have made their second pick in the 5th round to select Antwione Williams.

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The Detroit Lions used their second selection in the 5th round, a pick they acquired from the Denver Broncos in a 2015 draft-day trade, to select linebacker Antwione Williams at 169th overall.

Williams hails from George Southern in college, where he was a three-year starter, missing one season with an injury. He finished the 2015 season with 107 tackles, including 10.5 for loss, earning himself All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention. The small-school prospect has good NFL size at 6-foot-3, 245 lbs.

Here's what analysts have to say about Williams:


Big boy with legit, NFL size. Efficient with diagnosis and plays with disciplined flow mirroring the runner. Plays with running lane recognition and will step into a lane to deter running back.


Could use more bend in his play. Sits on second level too long rather than making pre­emptive strike downhill. Cautious approach prevents him from making more winning plays.

CBS Sports:

STRENGTHS: Built like a NFL linebacker, hits like a truck and uses the pursuit angles and chase skills to be effective.

WEAKNESSES: He lacks sudden burst in his movements. Pre-draft workouts will be key in giving evaluators a better idea of his athleticism.

Williams will compete for a linebacker spot on the roster. Detroit doesn't have a lot of depth at the position, so Williams currently has a good shot at making the final cuts.

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