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Bills top 20 talents: No. 8 - Aaron Williams

The hours and minutes continue to tick away before the start of training camp for the members of the Buffalo Bills organization. One of the brightest spotlights once they get to St. John Fisher College will be on the player that comes in at number eight of the top 20 talents.

Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd and his contract status was the cause for a lot of conversation that didn’t have to do with football. Now that he’s out of the door it removed the situation, but it also removed one of the best players on the team as well. Without Byrd, it is up to the man that ranks number eight to keep the secondary afloat.

S Aaron Williams

Age: 24 (4/23/90)
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 199

Why he’s here:
- In terms of raw ability and projection, Williams can become one of the best on the team if he continues down the path that was cleared out for him after he switched to safety. An impressive first year at the position made the Bills very aware of what they had in Williams, and they quickly inked him to a lucrative four-year extension. While his instincts aren’t as well-refined as Byrd’s (few are), it’s still much better than the average player and he has elite athleticism for the safety position as well. One thing is for sure: the Bills are counting on him to help the backside of the defense pick up where they left off late last year.

2014 outlook:
- By moving to free safety Williams now has the opportunity to become not only an impact player each and every week, but he can also be the leader of the secondary which is something he’s really taken to since the start of offseason workouts. Always a very vocal player, Williams now has the experience to go along with his chatter. Much like another player in the secondary, a very high quality season can help him become one of the elite talents on the roster. He has all the potential and the role to do it in 2014, now there’s nothing left for him but to go out and prove that he is that player that the Bills hoped for.

Bills Top 20 Talents
20) TE Scott Chandler
19) CB Leodis McKelvin
18) QB EJ Manuel
17) DE Manny Lawson
16) LB Brandon Spikes
15) WR Mike Williams
14) CB Nickell Robey
13) C Eric Wood
12) HB Fred Jackson
11) DE Jerry Hughes
10) CB Stephon Gilmore
9) WR Robert Woods
8) S Aaron Williams
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