Duke Williams’ journey did not end at Auburn.
The ex-Auburn receiver will get a shot with the Los Angeles Rams after signing a three-year deal for the league minimum with the organization Tuesday, Williams’ agent told SEC Country.
Williams was invited to the rookie minicamp for a tryout Friday and coaches were apparently impressed enough to sign the ultra-talented receiver, who was booted from Auburn after punching and breaking the jaw of a teammate outside a bar in October.
Williams was rated the top NFL receiver prospect by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. in January 2015 after catching 45 passes for 730 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games during his debut season with Auburn.
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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 at Auburn and had to rehabilitate his image, which included counseling in Florida.
“I’m a changed man,” Williams told SEC Country in April. “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.”