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Trevardo Williams taken by Houston Texans

Updated 12:08 am, Sunday, April 28, 2013

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  • UConn defensive end Trevardo Williams, right, has his arm measured by Panthers scout Robert Haines, left, and 49ers Scout Chip Flanagan, right, during pro day in Storrs, Conn., Wednesday, March 27, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) Photo: Jessica Hill, Associated Press / FR125654 AP

    UConn defensive end Trevardo Williams, right, has his arm measured by Panthers scout Robert Haines, left, and 49ers Scout Chip Flanagan, right, during pro day in Storrs, Conn., Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Photo: Jessica Hill, Associated Press

 

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Bridgeport to the NFL
Chet Gladchuk Harding C - 1941 Pittsburgh 2 12
Frank Hubbell Central DE - 1944 Cleveland 15 152
Bob Dobelstein Central OT - 1945 Chicago 4 28
Walt Trojanowski Central RB - 1946 Washington 6 49
Ed Bradley Harding OG - 1950 Chicago 16 206
Tony Elliott Harding DE - 1982 New Orleans 5 113
Kevin Belcher Bassick OT - 1985 L.A. Raiders 7 186
Scott Leach Bassick LB - 1987 New Orleans 9 234
Mike Jones Harding TE - 1990 Minnesota 3 54
Trevardo Williams Central DE - 2013 Houston 4 124
Source: databasefootball.com
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After a long night Friday patiently waiting for a phone call that never came, Trevardo Williams was hoping that the wait would not be so long on Saturday in realizing his dream of being selected in the NFL draft.

That special phone call came about 90 minutes into the fourth round, with the Houston Texans selecting Williams, the former Central High School star, with the round's 27th pick (124th overall).

"I'm thrilled. I'm ready to show the world what I'm capable of," said Williams, a defense end with UConn. "I've been working for this moment for the past eight years and feeling this way for the past eight years. I can't wait. I'm thrilled, I'm ecstatic and I can't wait to prove myself."

Unofficially, Trevardo Williams became the 10th Bridgeport high school player selected in the NFL draft and the first since Harding's Mike Jones was taken by the Minnesota Vikings in 1990.

"I'm proud as hell of him," said Tom Taylor, Williams' former coach at Canterbury Prep, where Williams watched the draft Saturday. "We had been told for quite a while that it would likely happen in the third or fourth round, the third (round) would have been nice, but we're thrilled.

"Houston is a great organization. I'm absolutely thrilled for him. I know he's going to go out there and do a great job."

UConn had three players selected in the third round Friday, with cornerback Dwayne Gratz (64th overall) being selected by Jacksonville, linebacker Sio Moore (66th) being chosen by Oakland and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (70th) taken by Tennessee.

"This is great for Connecticut, we don't always get a lot of shine," said Williams' former Central teammate Christon Gill, currently a sophomore safety at Western Carolina University. "He was always one of those guys with incredible athletic ability and was always focused on what he wanted to do."

Williams left UConn as the Huskies' all-time leader in sacks with 30½, breaking the mark of 27 set by Mark Michaels from 1982-85. Last season, he recorded 11½ sacks, including three against Louisville in a 23-20 triple-overtime win. He also posted 43 tackles, 13½ tackles for loss and forced a fumble.

Career-wise, Williams finished with 134 tackles, 40½ tackles for loss and five forced fumbles. He's hoping to produce those same kinds of numbers with the Texans.

"I'm going to bring what I have," Williams said. "I have the skills, the technique, the agility, the ability to learn quick, and just having the athleticism and the competitiveness all-around. I have everything to give."

At the NFL scouting combine in February, Williams ran the 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds -- fastest among all 37 linemen/linebackers -- and bench-pressed 225 pounds 30 times. He also recorded a 38-inch vertical leap and a 10-4 broad jump, all earning "top performer" accolades.

And while Williams' admitted that being drafted by the Texans "was a surprise," he feels we can do down there and start contributing right away.

"I think my numbers over the regular season and my performance at the combines speaks a lot for what I can do," Williams said. "I'm really excited about the transition (to linebacker). As an athlete, I can't wait for the chance to basically show them my skills and my potential."

Williams' potential began back at Central, where he posted 24 sacks in three seasons for the Hilltoppers and was a two-time, first-team All-FCIAC performer.

"I remember in high school where I think he had like seven sacks in one game in our junior year, it was unbelievable," said Ramon Mignott, a former Central teammate and current Hilltoppers assistant coach. "He had so much talent. He was fast and big with lots of potential. Every time we'd ask him, `What do you want to do?' He'd say, `Play football.'"

Now, he's going to be doing that in the NFL.

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