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Five Who Went Earlier Than Expected

Sunday, April 24, 2005; Page E14

Five Who Went Earlier Than Expected

Troy Williamson, WR

South Carolina


Troy Williamson (Mary Ann Chastain -- AP)

Many predicted the Vikings would draft Mike Williams at No. 7, but they went with speed over size. Williamson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds, and his stock was on the rise in the days leading up to the draft. The Vikings probably figured Williamson was better suited for their vertical passing attack.

Adam Jones, CB

West Virginia

Jones was the third-rated cornerback on some draft boards behind Antrel Rolle and Carlos Rogers. At 5-11, he is the shortest of the three cornerbacks selected in the first round, but he was attractive to the Titans at No. 6 because of his ability to make big plays. Jones also excelled as a return specialist.

Matt Jones, WR

Arkansas

Perhaps the most intriguing selection in the first round, Jones, who played quarterback in college, wowed talent evaluators with a 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds and a vertical leap of 39 1/2 inches. With the No. 21 pick, Jacksonville gets all this from an athlete who stands 6-6 and weighs 242 pounds.

Travis Johnson, DT

Florida State

A somewhat disappointing college career and off-field issues may have dropped Johnson on many teams' draft boards. The Texans picked him at No. 16 with the hopes that he blossoms into dependable run-stopper. At 6-4, 290 pounds, he has all the physical tools to become a force in the NFL.

Chris Spencer, C

Mississippi

The Seahawks filled a need by selecting Spencer with the No. 26 pick, but he was not considered a first-round prospect in most mock drafts.


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