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Williams hauled in 95 passes for 1,314 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2003, his sophomore season at USC. With Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett challenging the NFL's age limit in court, Williams seized the opportunity and declared for the draft and hired an agent, despite only being two years removed from high school. The courts ruled against Clarett, rendering he and Williams ineligible for the 2004 draft. Williams, considered a first-round pick, sat out all of 2004, and re-entered the draft in 2005. The Lions made Williams their third straight receiver drafted in the first round. But Williams succumbed to injury and was a disappointment in Detroit. The Lions gave up, and the once-highly touted wideout played just eight more games with the Raiders and Titans in 2007.

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