Each day this week, the AFC East blog will take a look at sleeper players in the division who could have an impact in 2012.
On Tuesday, we take a look at a second-year cornerback for the Buffalo Bills.
Sleeper: CB Aaron Williams
Why we like him: We had our eye on Williams two years ago coming out of the University of Texas. Williams’ athleticism, size and versatility as a defensive back stood out. Buffalo took Williams in the second round. Williams showed flashes of potential his rookie year and should be more improved in Year 2.
Reasons for concern: Inexperience and injuries are the primary worries with Williams. He has just six career starts and was in and out of the lineup last year due to injuries. Cornerback is one of the toughest positions to play in the NFL. There will be some growing pains. But Buffalo needed to get younger and more athletic at corner, and Williams fits that description.
Outlook: The Bills need Williams to step up and he will get every chance to win a starting job in his second year. Rookie first-rounder Stephon Gilmore is one starting corner, while Williams and veteran Terrence McGee compete for the other job. The loser of that battle still will get plenty of playing time as the nickel corner. I expect Williams to make a solid jump in his second year.