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Patriots’ second-round pick already talking like Bill Belichick

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Joejuan Williams is already speaking Belichick.

Shortly after the Patriots traded up to draft the Vanderbilt cornerback with the 45th overall pick Friday night, he was asked if he was going to get the reigning Super Bowl champs a seventh Lombardi Trophy.

“I’m just excited to get there and play ball again,” Williams said. “We’ll take it one game at a time.”

Williams, who went to nearby Father Ryan High School, came over to the green room for Friday’s second round and basked in getting to walk across the stage while looking down Broadway in the city he calls home.

“Man, that was a beautiful sight,” Williams said. “I gotta find some pictures of it, because it was so beautiful. I’m from here. Seeing Broadway and not having to go far, it was such a beautiful sight.”

Williams offers a big frame at 6-foot-4 and 211 pounds, joining a Patriots secondary that already features shutdown corner Stephon Gilmore.

“I feel like I can run, cover and hit. You’re getting a complete package,” said Williams, who recorded four interceptions last fall as a junior. “You’re getting a person who’s unselfish and will play anywhere the team asks me to. I just want to contribute.”

Though he said he looks up to Jalen Ramsey and Richard Sherman, Williams said he only wanted to compare himself to himself.

“I feel like there’s only one Joejuan Williams,” he said.

After drafting Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry in the first round Thursday night, the Patriots added to their roster in the third round Friday by taking Michigan pass rusher Chase Winovich, Alabama running back Damien Harris and West Virginia offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste.

Williams said the Patriots came down for two private workouts with him. That they traded up to draft him before somebody else did added to his appreciation, he said.

And soon, he already was speaking his coach’s language.

“You take it one step at a time, you take it one game at a time,” he said. “I’m just excited to get there.”


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