BEREA - Sometimes scouts earn their keep by finding the diamonds in the
Leon Williams could be that type of guy. According to Phil Savage, Williams
was a player at Miami who was overshadowed by some of the other players at the
position, including Rocky McIntosh.
Williams started just six games in his career at Miami, including just one in
“He was a very good prospect and when you watched him play, you wonder why he
didn't play more,” Savage said.
“Sometimes, it's just the opportunity,” Savage said. “Leon Williams is a
strong candidate for the inside linebacker position. He's a guy who kind of fell
through the cracks. When we worked him out, he seemed like a natural fit for
“I don't think I played as much as I expected to play,” he said. “There were
a lot of expectations for me competing at this point. I know I'm in the best
situation that I can be in.”
Williams feels fortunate the Browns drafted him.
“I got the best outcome that I could have received in the situation that I'm
Savage saw the ability in Williams and it was solidified with his play in the
“Leon was highly recruited out of high school,” Savage said. “He played in a
rotation at Miami. He was a guy they talked about, but didn't sell him. When he
played he played well. He got invited to the Las Vegas all-star game and stood
Savage is happy with what the Browns have been able to add to the mix in the
draft with Kamerion Wimbley, D'Qwell Jackson and Williams.
“I think we've certainly increased our odds of people who can help us at the
linebacker position,” Savage said. “We've certainly addressed our situation at
When we looked at the inside linebacker, he looked like a guy who can fit the