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Ex-Lobo goes fourth to Redskins Oklahoma offensive lineman Williams third straight LHSplayer picked by Washington

By Rick Kretzschmar rickk@news-journal.com
April 22, 2010 at 8:15 p.m.


Trent Williams' dreams came true Thursday, and it wouldn't be a stretch to put some of those dreams in the category of wildest.

Williams was the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York. A 2006 Longview High School graduate, Williams was selected by the Washington Redskins.

The former Longview Lobo and Oklahoma Sooner climbed up the draft board impressively after a strong showing at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and March. Before the combine, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper had Williams being selected 16th overall. At the combine, Williams - a 6-4 5/8, 315-pound offensive tackle - ran a 40-yard dash in 4.82 seconds while bench pressing 225 pounds 21 times.

Williams received a call from Washington head coach Mike Shanahan shortly before his name was called by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

"Coach Shanahan called me and he just wanted to know if I was committed to being great," said Williams in an interview with ESPN. "I assured him that I was 100 percent."

Longview head football coach John King made the trip to New York to witness Williams' selection. King said he felt a tremendous amount of pride in Williams' success, especially when reflecting back to when Williams was a freshman at Longview in 2002. King was an assistant coach at Longview while Williams was a Lobo in 2002 and 2003 before becoming Longview's head coach in 2004, a position he has held ever since.

"When he was a freshman, he was lazy, but after his sophomore year playing basketball, you knew he was committed," King said. "When he was a senior, you had a feeling he could be playing on Sundays.

"But I never dreamed he would be picked No. 4."

Williams continues an improbable trend of Longview Lobos becoming Washington Redskins. Williams is the third Lobo in as many years drafted by Washington. Receiver Malcolm Kelly was selected in the second round of the 2008 draft. Linebacker Robert Henson was a sixth-round selection in 2009.

"I'll be rooting for all of them on Sundays," King said. "I'll cheer for them to beat the Dallas Cowboys each time."

In an interview with The Associated Press, Williams said, "They might have to hang a couple Redskins flags across the city of Longview."

Williams said he stayed with Kelly at Kelly's Leesburg, Va., home during a pre-draft visit.

"He gave me advice all through college," Williams said. "I was like a sponge, soaking everything up."

Williams was a second-team selection in the 2005 AP Sports Editors Class 5A All-State Team in 2005 for Longview. He went on to a stellar career at the University of Oklahoma, capped by earning All-America honors by seven different organizations, including the AP and the American Football Coaches Association.

Two of the three 2010 NFL Draft selections before Williams also played for Oklahoma. Quarterback Sam Bradford was selected first overall pick by the St. Louis Rams, followed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafting defensive tackle Gerald McCoy third.

Williams is also on the verge of becoming a wealthy man. Last year's No. 4 pick, Seattle linebacker Aaron Curry, was signed to a six-year, $60 million contract, including $34 million in guaranteed money.

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