Former Florida State University cornerback P.J. Williams was arrested Friday morning in Tallahassee, Florida, and charged with driving under the influence, according to reports. Various projections placed Williams as a potential first or second-round pick in this month's 2015 NFL Draft before the incident.
Authorities spotted Williams’ car swerving as he left a McDonald’s parking lot, according to documents obtained by TMZ Sports. When Tallahassee police pulled over the 21-year-old, he reportedly identified himself as a Florida State football player and refused to submit to a breathalyzer test.
Police said Williams had slurred speech and had trouble maintaining his balance. Moreover, authorities found that he was driving with a suspended license. He was booked and released on $500 bond. Williams was slated to appear in court on May 14.
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— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 3, 2015
Williams, who declared his intention to enter the NFL after his junior season at Florida State, was expected to be one of the first cornerbacks taken in the draft, particularly after a strong performance at his pro day this week, ESPN reported. Noted draft analyst Mel Kiper ranked Williams as the fifth-best cornerback in this year’s draft, while NFL Network reporter Albert Breer identified him as a “prospective 1st-rounder.”
The DUI arrest occurred months after Williams left the scene of a Tallahassee car accident that left both his vehicle and another car totaled, the New York Times reported. Local police determined Williams had driven with a suspended license and initially declared the case a “hit and run,” but ultimately allowed him to walk with a pair of traffic tickets. At the time, Williams was not tested for substances or asked why he fled the scene of the crash.
Williams was not the first 2015 draft prospect to run into personal trouble that could affect professional draft stock. Randy Gregory, a standout linebacker at the University of Nebraska, failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine February. He was projected by many to be a top-10 selection in this year’s draft.