NFL draft: Joejuan Williams grew up in Nashville housing projects just a few miles from where he'll get picked

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NFL draft: Joejuan Williams grew up in Nashville housing projects just a few miles from where he'll get picked
NFL draft: Joejuan Williams grew up in Nashville housing projects just a few miles from where he'll get picked

Vanderbilt fans have gotten used to JoeJuan Williams' playmaking abilities. Now he's looking to bring those to the NFL. Long before he was a coveted NFL Draft prospect, lanky 16-year-old Joejuan Williams walked through the Father Ryan High School parking lot. He flashed his signature smile but slouched in pants that sagged suspiciously below his waist. He quickly caught the eye of assistant football coach Corey Phillips, who seized on the issue of sagging pants like they were personal fouls. “I was raised on the no-sagging rule, and all my players know that's my big rule,” Phillips said. “So when Joejuan saw me looking at him, he immediately pulled his pants up. But, geez, they were way too short.”

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