Jameson Williams said his surgically repaired knee will be ready to go for training camp.
The wide receiver from Alabama was drafted with the 12th overall pick in the NFL draft by the Lions and then introduced to Detroit on Friday.
“I’m excited to join the offense, I feel we can do pretty big things,’’ Williams said.
He tore his ACL in the national championship game on Jan. 10. On Friday he was 13 weeks post surgery and did not hesitate to say he would be ready for camp. Lions GM Brad Holmes would not give a timetable after he drafted Williams, but said he was comfortable about when he was expected to return.
Williams also did not hesitate to talk about his speed, a big reason he was so attractive to the Lions.
He didn’t run the 40 at the NFL Combine due to his knee.
“I would’ve run the fastest 40,’’ Williams said.
For this year’s Combine?
“Ever,’’ he said.
His parents met on their high school track team before they went on to compete in college track. His siblings compete in track.
Williams set a Missouri state high school record in the 300 hurdles at Cardinal Ritter in St. Louis winning a 2018 state championship. He broke the record that had been set by Ezekiel Elliott. He also won a state title in the 400 meters.
Speed is in Williams’ DNA, but he said there’s been plenty of hard work along the way too. He said he was the fastest in his family when he was 12 or 13.
Williams’ speed will allow him to open up the field vertically. (Watch his film at Alabama and his speed jumps off the charts.)