If you are potential first round NFL draft pick, getting charged with a DUI a few weeks before the draft is really bad timing. But for cornerback P.J. Williams, the news isn’t too bad. His DUI case has been dismissed, days before the draft, based on a lack of evidence. Hopefully for him, the wrongful arrest won’t hurt him significantly. But it is still may keep some teams from picking him with a high draft pick.
On Monday, teams considering adding Williams to their roster later this week learned that there won’t be any charges for him to deal with during his rookie season. Williams’s attorney Jonathan Simon passed along word that authorities have decided not to pursue charges against Williams.
Williams admitted to having a few drinks at some point in the evening before he was arrested early on the morning of April 3, but he and his attorney disputed the version of events originally presented by police. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, paperwork filed in Florida about the decision not pursue charges indicated that video evidence in the case didn’t corroborate the charge.
Before the arrest, Williams was expected to be drafted late in the first round or early on the second day. Having the charges against him dropped probably won’t raise his draft stock, but the dismissal could keep him from sliding out of that expected range once the draft gets underway.