Big draft weekend ahead for Aussie Jesse Williams

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Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams (54). (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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The NFL draft starts tomorrow. This will be an epic three day TV extravaganza taking place in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

The first round of the draft (32 selected players) will take place today.

The rest of the rounds, from two to seven, will take place on Saturday and Sunday our time.

Australians have a vested interest in the draft with our very own Jesse Williams a sure fire selection. The tattooed giant will become only the second Australian after Colin Scott’s (1987 third round) to be drafted.

While there is speculation that Williams may be drafted in the first round – i.e. one of the top 32 – this may be a little optimistic. It’s likely Williams will be drafted in the second round.

While there is no doubt Williams is a quality player, it is timing rather than anything else that is against him.

There is good depth in his position of defensive tackle this year, in other years he would be a good chance to be drafted in the first round.

Whatever round he gets selected should be celebrated here in Australia. He has already achieved a huge amount for his college Alabama, winning consecutive national titles and becoming a cult figure.

This though will be his crowning moment getting drafted into the NFL.

Congratulations Jesse, Australia is proud of you.

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