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

04.30.11 at 7:32 pm ET

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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