Jesse Williams second Aussie to be drafted by the NFL

BRISBANE'S Jesse Williams is set to become the first indigenous Australian to play in the NFL after he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks.

The 22-year-old defensive tackle, known as 'Tha Monster' while playing for the University of Alabama, was the 137th pick in the fifth round of the draft.

But the payday was not a big as many draft expects thought Williams, who only took up American football as a 14-year-old while playing for Brisbane's Bayside Ravens, would command.

Players drafted in the fifth round earn a lot less money than those picked up in the first or second, so the Seahawks got him on the cheap - so to speak.

Williams and his agent are still to agree terms with the Seahawks, but last year's 137th pick, defensive end Malik Johnson, penned a four-year $US2.31 million deal with the Denver Broncos.

Had Williams been drafted in the first round, he would have earned three times as much - he will get a signing bonus though, something in the region of $200,000.

Williams is now the second highest Aussie drafted following Colin Scotts, who was picked at No.70 by the Cardinals in 1987.



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