Detroit Lions trade up 20 spots, select Alabama WR Jameson Williams

Posted at 9:31 PM, Apr 28, 2022
and last updated 2023-04-25 20:22:00-04

(WXYZ) — The Detroit Lions traded up to pick Alabama WR Jameson Williams with the 12th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

The Lions traded the 32nd pick, 34th pick and 66th pick to the Minnesota Vikings for the 12th and 46th overall pick.

Related: Detroit Lions select Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson with 2nd overall pick

Williams appeared in 15 games for the Crimson Tide last season and caught 79 passes for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. He played two seasons at Ohio State before transferring to Alabama.

He's 6-feet-2 and 189 pounds and wlll join a receiving corps that includes Amon-Ra St. Brown, DJ Chark and Josh Reynolds, as well as TE T.J. Hockenson.

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He said he didn't have much contact with the Lions during the process, but their aggressiveness to trade up showed him that he's a player they wanted. He said them taking a chance on him means a lot.

Williams did suffer a torn ACL in the National Championship game earlier this year but has been rehabbing the injury.

Speaking after being picked, Williams said he doesn't have a timetable for his recovery from the injury but he's hopeful he'll be ready by training camp.

Williams also said he doesn’t have a timetable for his recovery from knee surgery (ACL) but hopes to be ready by training camp

"I'm just ready to get to work," Williams said, adding that healthwise, everything is going good.

Earlier Thursday night, Detroit selected Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson with the second overall pick in the draft.