Dan Williams hasn’t shied away from workouts this offseason, and it’s made a difference. As the rookies go through their final week with coach John Lott before getting a little off time prior to training camp, the Cardinals’ No. 1 pick and nose tackle of the future looks to be in good shape and he said he is “right back to where I need to be” — which is in the 325 to 330-pound range (the roster officially lists him at 327).
“A month ago, it would have been a different story,” Williams said with a grin (his May minicamp photo below), knowing the crazy pre-draft schedule for players doesn’t lend itself to workouts much. “I am still trying to continuing to lose more. I just want to be in the best shape possible.”
That’s the Lott effect. Williams has taken Lott’s preaching to heart, including the idea that, if Williams sheds a few more pounds it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. Regardless, Williams has proven himself a steady worker. Anxious to play football with pads again and also to prove himself to the coaching staff, football has been constant since the end of the college season but that’s OK too.
“It’s a strain on your body but at the same time, it’s a good strain,” Williams said. “We’ve been dreaming about this since we were little.”
What hasn’t been a dream has been the rookie climbs up Camelback Mountain. The group is done with those, and Williams comes up with a not-so-surprising answer when asked if he will miss the hikes.
“Oh no. Oh no. Oh no,” Williams said. “After I went up the last time I was like, ‘This is my last time going up so I better take some pictures.’ Coach Lott said ‘You’re going to come out next year, meet me in the parking lot.’ I told him, ‘Coach, I’ll hold the water while you all go up there.’ “
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