Steelers sign sixth-round pick Vince Williams

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There are jobs up for grabs on the linebacker depth chart in Pittsburgh this year and one of the players expected to be in the thick of competition for them has signed his rookie contract.

The Steelers announced Monday that sixth-round pick Vince Williams has agreed to a contract with the team. Williams joins safety Shamarko Thomas as members of the 2013 draft class to agree to deals. There are seven other players, including first-round linebacker Jarvis Jones, still unsigned.

Williams wasn’t invited to the combine despite starting his last two years at Florida State, where he had 13.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. He’ll be part of the mix at inside linebacker behind Lawrence Timmons and Larry Foote and his bid for playing time will get a boost if second-year player Sean Spence’s physical condition ends up being closer to the more negative prognostications floating around this offseason.

Williams is one of the new faces making for a different looking Steelers team at OTAs this month. His work at those sessions will help determine how much we see of that face.

18 responses to “Steelers sign sixth-round pick Vince Williams

  1. There are a lot of draft picks (and undrafted guys) this year that have a good chance of making the team. If VW works out, the worst case situation you have is more depth at the linebacker position….and depth is never a bad thing.

  2. Even with Spence most likely never playing football again, I do not see this guy making the team. Practice squad maybe. I believe that Jarvis Jones is going to be moved inside and Worillds is going to replace Harrison on the outside.

  3. As a jets fan i couldnt be more embarrassed having that q tip jackass as owner. And with the embarrassment of a legal system watch this punk goodson get off on the harsher charges. His pal will keep it real and take the fall for the stiff from A& M..

  4. finallythevoiceofreason says:May 20, 2013 2:53 PM

    Even with Spence most likely never playing football again, I do not see this guy making the team. Practice squad maybe. I believe that Jarvis Jones is going to be moved inside and Worillds is going to replace Harrison on the outside.

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    When Jarvis Jones first played at USC he was a 43 OLB which usually translates well to a 34 ILB, the 34 being the defense the Steelers famously use. That being said, while JJ is probably capable of doing so, the Steelers DID NOT draft him mid 1st round after losing Harrison to play on the Inside. The only way he moves inside is if he completely busts out on the outside. Anywho, Vince Williams is a good LBer who will make the team. Youtube his hit in Senior Bowl practice on a pulling guard, violence at its finest.

  5. finallythevoiceofreason says:May 20, 2013 2:53 PM

    Even with Spence most likely never playing football again, I do not see this guy making the team. Practice squad maybe. I believe that Jarvis Jones is going to be moved inside and Worillds is going to replace Harrison on the outside.

    Officially the dumbest thing I’ve ever read on this site

  6. If Vince Williams puts the work in he could be very good I was hoping the Bengals would’ve taken a flier on him. The you tube video of him blowing up the pulling guard at a Senior Bowl practice was awesome. This guy hits. That being said I still dislike the Steelers but after some dissapointing drafts the last couple of years they did pretty darn good this year. They snagged several players I really liked, Jones, Bell, Thomas and Williams. Now they are the enemy. Who freakn DEY!

  7. Inside, outside, wherever Jones plays, he better perform at a level that justifies getting rid of an intense workout warrior, a five-time All-Pro, a Defensive Player of the Year and a Super Bowl game-changer. And he better be an immediate impact player. Otherwise, he’ll be just “another player.”
    No pressure.

  8. VW will make the team easy, He is an animal when it comes to special teams and lets face it we havent been to solid with our special teams the last few years. .. Jarvis Jones move inside? that’s ridicules no way that will ever happen.

  9. If you saw Jones in person at the OTAs, you would see that he is a bit undersized for a Steelers OLB. Either way, he has to make an impact right away and maintain it. Anyone remember Kendrell Bell?

  10. Just wondering why would big bens job be up for grabs? Before he got injured in the Monday night game against the chiefs last year he was in the front running for league MVP. Idk maybe I’m missing something though.

  11. At least Kendrell Bell was a Defensive Rookie of the Year before he flamed out. Plus, Bell wasn’t a first-round pick.
    The Steelers need to hit it big with Jones. For two reasons: 1.) To prove the Colbert/Tomlin combo can draft an impactful first-rounder not named Pouncey; and 2.) The team desperately needs the help.

  12. bailey:
    Roethlisberger was NEVER the “frontrunner” last season for league MVP.
    Every season, for 2 or 3 weeks, Roethlisberger is always mentioned as a possible league MVP candidate. Here’s the problem: Every season Roethlisberger eventually always plays himself off the list.
    League MVP honors require an EXCEPTIONAL season, something SuperBen is still waiting to have…

  13. I am liking this draft class already from Jones to the Shark to Hawthorne to Bell. Even the VW pick is turning out excellent. This guy’s youtube vid looks awesome. If he can prove he is a three down backer. The Steelers got a steal. The leadership skills are there.

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