Before tearing his ACL, Williams was expected to be the first wide receiver taken in the draft and was a top-10 prospect. When draft night came, he was the third wide receiver taken off the board and was selected 12th-overall by the Detroit Lions.
Detroit swapped their first and second-round picks and gave up their third-round pick in this year's draft to acquire the 12th overall pick from Minnesota as well as their second-round pick.The Lions traded up 20 spots for a receiver who they knew would miss a chunk of the 2022 season as he was rehabbing his torn ACL.
Analyst Peter King talked about the Lions acquiring Williams and pointed out how no team would pay the price to move up high for a safety or a receiver.
"...I think you’re forgetting two things. One: The compensation for the 11th pick last year—with Justin Fields and Mac Jones still on the board—was going to be much higher than the compensation for the 12th pick this year. No team is paying a ransom for a safety, or for a wide receiver (Jameson Williams) who will miss a good part of his rookie year after ACL surgery."
When Detroit made the trade-up, many thought they would be the first team to potentially draft a quarterback as a replacement for Jared Goff. The Lions, however, shocked many and selected wideout Jameson Williams.
Jameson Williams said he's ahead of schedule with his rehabbing
While he is still recovering from his torn ACL, Williams is ahead of schedule. He spoke to reporters in March before the draft and addressed his recovery process.
"I was hearing five to seven months, but I'm hearing I'm ahead of schedule. I'm six weeks out of surgery right now. I've been walking without the brace for two weeks, without the crutch for three weeks. Hopefully things keep going on this track, and I'll be back as soon as possible."
“Jameson’s goal is to play first preseason game, obviously. I told him, I said, ‘Look, depending on which team you go to, most teams are probably—they’re going to be very conservative. You’ve got to understand that.’ And he’ll get talked into it, but I know he’s, in his mind said he’s going to be ready Game 1."
Detroit are in no rush to get him back on the field, but it's a good sign he is ahead of schedule in his rehab.