Greedy Williams is headed to the pros.
The star redshirt sophomore cornerback announced on Sunday during coach Ed Orgeron’s bowl teleconference that he’s declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft and will miss LSU’s matchup vs. UCF in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 per a team official, according to NOLA.com.
Orgeron found out about Williams’ decision during the teleconference and said didn’t know Williams was planning to declare. Orgeron said he had a meeting planned with Williams and his family but acknowledged from past discussions Williams desired to turn pro and might not play in the bowl.
“We wish him and his family the best, obviously,” Orgeron said to NOLA.com.
“I Have been blessed by God with a beautiful and supportive family. My blessings also include my LSU Tiger Family, both on and off the field. It is with those abundant blessings in mind that I have chosen to pursue to enter the 2019 NFL Draft” #BeGreedy pic.twitter.com/pAIq6T4vIN
— Greedy Williams ™️ (@G_Will29) December 2, 2018
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has Williams pegged as the No. 5 overall prospect in the 2019 Draft, while CBS Sports slots him in ranked at No. 8.
Williams arrived at LSU as the lowest rated of LSU’s three cornerback commits, as Kristian Fulton and Saivion Smith were ranked as top-50 prospects, while Williams was the No. 219 player in the nation and redshirted his freshman season.
Williams, a native of Shreveport, was inserted into the starting lineup a few games into his redshirt year and made his presence felt by racking up six sacks and earning first-team All-SEC honors.
Williams has totaled two interceptions and nine pass breakups this season, yet a majority of impact occurs from not letting receivers get targeted at all.
With Williams’ decision, LSU will face UCF in the Fiesta Bowl missing its two starting corners. Williams is skipping the the bowl, and Kristian Fulton is out indefinitely after a surgical operation on his ankle.