AUBURN, Alabama — It took more time than usual, but Duke Williams will get a shot at making an NFL roster Friday.
The embattled Auburn receiver has been invited to a tryout with the Los Angeles Rams, a person familiar with the decision tells SEC Country. Williams and his agent have not responded to SEC Country’s requests for confirmation.
The news comes three days after the end of the NFL Draft.
Williams was booted from the Auburn football team in October after breaking teammate Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw in a fight outside a bar off the Auburn campus. He was rated the top NFL receiver prospect by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. in January 2015.
Williams’ life story is certainly filled with heartbreak. From growing up on the violent streets and watching his cousin die in his arms, Williams chose Auburn over LSU so he could escape the possibility of running into trouble in his hometown of LaPlace, Louisiana. In the end, he made his own trouble and now his professional future is as uncertain.
“I’m a changed man,” Williams told SEC Country last week. “Counseling helped me out and at the end of the day I’ve learned from my mistakes. Just give me that chance to show them, the rest of the team, the general manager, the owner that I’m worth drafting. I’m a diamond in the rough.
“… I’m working to become a better man. I was immature during my college days but I have grown over the months. I know I’m a good person and hopefully they can see that in me.”