Former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo drafted Chris Williams out of Vanderbilt with the 14th overall pick in the 2008 draft with the hope that he’d be a long-term solution at left tackle.
It never happened.
Williams, who dealt with injuries (namely a disc issue) with the Bears, was never able to beat out J’Marcus Webb and spent more time at guard in his run with the Bears. He was cut in October of last season after being a healthy inactive.
But he’s found a home in St. Louis.
Williams may not their starting left tackle — Jake Long got a big contract from the Rams to do that — but he’s locked in at left guard, starting every game there this season.
“We don’t really pay much attention to a player’s past,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “He’s a very talented kid. He’s a good, smart football player.
“I think he just needed a fresh start. He came in and played guard and tackle for us last year, and played well. He’s familiar with the system now, he’s communicating real well with [center] Scott [Wells] and Jake. He’s having fun. He’s a great guy in the locker room and he’s become a great teammate here.”