Too Early To Call Williams A Bust

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.”

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  • Kurty

    “To” Early to Call Williams a Bust?????? Spell check?????

    • Johnny F.

      You’re being a little to critical

      • hdd

        That was to funny. Also, your gay.

  • Jake from da Burbs

    The question is, what position best fits Williams strengths. I still think that that position is Tackle and I’d like to see if he can still pan out as a Right Tackle. I’d say you give him the entire offseason and make him your right tackle.

    That way, you have the right side of your line fixed with Kreutz, Garza and Williams and then you can focus on FA and draft to shore up the left side.

  • A Jan

    I think a major issue here is that (1) they drafted him, knowing he was going to miss a whole season with back surgery especially when (2) a tackle such as Jeff Otah was still available. Not to mention the fact that he was supposed to be a stud left tackle with a lot of upside and ends up being a revolving door that couldn’t hold up a gas station with Ocean’s eleven, let alone a defensive end.

    • Bob Loblaw

      HA! Love the gas station line!

      If one defines a ‘bust’ as a pick that has not lived up to what was given up to get him, Chris Williams’ picture is next to that entry in the dictionary.

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