Tramon Williams is probably not going to come up in many household conversations about the greatest cornerbacks currently in the NFL.
This is nothing new to Williams who has been overlooked his entire football career until the last few years. Tramon was not heavily recruited as he was outshined by high school teammate Brandon Jacobs, former New York Giants/San Francisco 49ers running back.
Once Williams arrived to college at Louisiana State University he had to earn his way onto the football team by way of a walk-on. His hard work and determination paid off as he was the starting defensive back his junior year.
The ongoing theme continued as Williams went undrafted and was signed by the Houston Texans only to be cut on the final roster moves. This is the point of his career at which both he and the Green Bay Packers hit paydirt.
Injuries – this is the word that can be used to sum up the Packers season last year and a problem that has plagued them in past years as well. What has been overlooked is Mr. Consistency, Tramon Williams.
Williams has appeared in all but two regular season games for the Packers since the 2007 season. He also managed to play through a nagging shoulder injury that saw his production dip slightly but he remained on the field.
One of the key contributing factors to the Packers epic postseason run in 2010 was the play of Williams. His pick of Michael Vick in the end zone of the wildcard game was followed up by two interceptions of Matt Ryan the following week. One that saw Williams race down the sideline 70 yards for a pick-six just before halftime.
From a production standpoint Williams’ numbers also reflect his consistency. In the last four seasons Williams has hauled in 15 interceptions with a high of 6 coming in 2010, which netted him an alternate spot on the Pro Bowl roster. Williams was also called on to play in the game due to an injury but was unable to fulfill the obligation because of an obvious prior engagement … Super Bowl XLV.
2014 didn’t bring much praise to the Packers defense which may have been a reason Williams’ play was again overlooked. His 83 tackles were 19 more than his previous career high to go along with 3 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and 2.5 sacks. He also picked off some sleeveless quarterback from San Francisco in the Wild Card game.
Tramon Williams may get overlooked by most NFL fans and maybe even some Green Bay Packers fans, but people should definitely take note of one of the most consistent players on the defensive side of the ball.
This is why he is the Mr. Consistency of the Packer D.