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Malcolm Williams: ‘I wasn’t expecting to get drafted’

04.30.11 at 7:32 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Patriots seventh-round pick Malcolm Williams held a conference call this afternoon with the New England media. Here are a couple of quick highlights:

How surprised were you to get this phone call today?
It surprised me a lot. This is a dream come true, I have been waiting on this since I was seven years old and it surprised me a whole lot.

Did you expect to get drafted?
Not really. I can honestly say, I wasn’t expecting to get drafted but when I got that phone call from Belichick, I was really excited.

What message did Belichick and the Patriots deliver to you about what they liked about your game?
We haven’t had much conversation besides this one here, that I got drafted but they were like ‘Welcome to the family,’ that’s pretty much all they said and I’m proud to be a Patriot.

Did you play special teams, defense?
I’m a DB, corner or safety, either or. I play special teams. I can return. I can block. It doesn’t really matter. I’m just going to play wherever I’m put at than that’s what I’m going to play.

On special teams, what specific roles did you have, if you can give me some examples on some of the units?
Well, of course I did kickoffs, at TCU I did kickoffs, I did kickoffs for returns, I was a block on that, I was a gunner on punt. At my junior college, I returned kicks, punts and kickoffs so I can do a little bit of both.

The Patriots took one of your teammates, Marcus Cannon, earlier in the draft. Can you tell us about him?
Marcus Cannon – I’m glad I’m going to get to play with him some more years. That was a pretty good draft pick by them, I can honestly say. Cannon’s, he’s….I’m a little nervous. I’m still shaking right now because I’m so happy about this going down. But Cannon and I have a real history. I remember when I first got to TCU, we were going at it at practice a little bit and he put a watermelon inside my locker and said ‘I’m going to kill you, rookie’ or whatever he was telling me when I first got to TCU, so that was how me and Marcus Canon first met and we’ve been cool ever since. I’m happy to be able to play with him again.

All in a joking way, I assume?
Yeah, yeah all in a joking way. Cannon is a big jokester. You’ll know about it more sooner or later, I promise you.

What are some other jokes that he’s pulled?
Cannon, he’s real creative. He likes to go in the training room and he’ll get a whole bunch of used tape and he’ll make little swords and weapons out of tape. He’s a real creative person – that’s one thing about him.

Are you aware of what he’s going through now with his illness?
No, I haven’t talked to Cannon in a long time. I haven’t seen Cannon since the Pro Day actually.

He’s been diagnosed with cancer and he’s undergoing treatment now.
Oh, man, I didn’t even know that. I hadn’t heard any word of that.

The prognosis is good though.
OK, I’ll be sure to give him a call right after I get off the phone with you.

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