Lions Draft Room Was on Pins and Needles Waiting for Jameson Williams to be Available

Larry Rupp
The Detroit Lions draft room was on pins and needles waiting for Jameson Williams to be available.
The Detroit Lions draft room was on pins and needles waiting for Jameson Williams to be available. / Kirthmon F. Dozier / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Detroit Lions released their fourth installment of the "Inside the Den" series on Wednesday that featured a behind-the-scenes look at the team's draft night experience. It showcased how the front office anxiously waited to see if Jameson Williams would be available when the No. 13 pick came.

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General manager Brad Holmes could be seen calling Minnesota Vikings GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah early on in the first round to ensure that their trade to move up was still in place. Once that was settled, he and Dan Campbell had nothing left to do except watch the picks before them go down.

The first obstacle was getting by the New York Jets at No. 10 overall. They opted to take Garrett Wilson. Then the New Orleans Saints traded up to No. 11 out of nowhere and worried looks filled the Lions war room. Disaster was avoided, though, as the Saints selected Chris Olave out of Ohio State.

Holmes clapped his hands in celebration and banged on the table a couple of times as he knew Detroit was about to get their guy. Williams is a burner capable of exploding downfield on any given snap. He also racked up 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns during his final college season at Alabama.

It was clear that the Lions wanted Williams on their roster from the get-go, which should have the fan base excited about the 21-year-old's potential. The hope is that the Crimson Tide standout will be ready to return from a torn ACL by the time Week 1 arrives in September, but there is no rush.

For now, Detroit has odds set at +370 to make the NFL Playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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