With the Patriots final draft choice of the 2011 NFL Draft, they used the 219th pick of the seventh round to select the cornerback/safety Malcolm Williams of TCU.
Williams, a 5'10" 204 pound defensive back, played both cornerback and safety during his time at TCU. At his Pro Day, he showed tremendous athleticism with a 4.47 40 yard dash, a 10'6" broad jump, and an amazing 40 inch vertical jump. Williams had 12 tackles and one pass defended in 2010 on defense, with 10 special teams tackles.
There's no question that Williams is a projection at this spot. He does not have much experience. He wasn't on most draft radars, and there is very little information on him. Williams will likely have to compete on special teams to have a chance to make the roster.
Still, I've got to question this pick. There were still plenty of good players on the board that could have helped along the interior line (Zane Taylor, Ryan Bartholomew), defensive end (Lawrence Guy, Cedric Thornton, Frank Kearse), and outside linebacker (Greg Romeus, Jeremy Beal). You can't help but think that Williams, the 730th ranked player on NFLDraftScout.com, could have been available after the draft, whenever rookie free agency eventually takes place. Pick Grade: C-