Chicago Bears offensive lineman Chris Williams was drafted to be the team’s left tackle of the future. But so far the Vanderbilt alum is looking more like a solid guard.
The difference between franchise left tackle and an adequate guard is what separates first round talent from sixth round talent.
So after three seasons in the NFL can Williams be considered a bust?
“I think he showed flashes at guard,” NFL analyst Hub Arkush said on the Boers and Bernstein Show. “I’m not sure he won’t play guard for them for the next three, four, seven years. And if he does, that’s not a bust.”
LISTEN: Hub Arkush On The Boers And Bernstein Show
Your evaluation of Williams as a bust correlates to your definition of draft value. When it’s all said and done, does a players draft status indicate how you view their NFL success?
“Certainly with the 14th pick in the first round you drafted a left tackle and that’s what you wanted,” Arkush said. “You’re not going to get that value from that pick [with Williams]. You very rarely draft offensive guards, you almost never draft offensive guards in the first round. So I think it’s safe to say that you didn’t get what you were hoping for.”
Because Williams never panned out as a left tackle, the Bears will likely have to draft one in the first round of April’s NFL Draft.
“I think it’s too early to call him a bust,” Arkush said. “He may very well turn into a serviceable player for them.”