FAYETTEVILLE (NWAOnline.com) - Former Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams was selected by the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the NFL Draft Saturday.
Williams, who won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end as a senior, was taken with the 141st pick overall. He was the second former Arkansas player taken in this year's draft, joining quarterback Ryan Mallett, who was selected in the third round Friday by the New England Patriots.
Former Razorbacks offensive tackle DeMarcus Love was also drafted Saturday, going to the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round with the 168th pick overall.
Williams, a Little Rock native, had a record-setting career with the Razorbacks, setting school records at his position for career reptions (152), receiving yards (1,855) and touchdown receptions (10). He finished one shy of tying Anthony Eubanks' school record for career receptions.
Williams caught a team-best 54 passes for 627 yards and four touchdowns as a senior, helping Arkansas to 10 wins and a spot in the Bowl Championship Series-affiliated Sugar Bowl. By the end of his senior season, Williams was the NCAA's active career leader in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end.
In addition to the Mackey Award, Williams was also presented the Disney Spirit Award as a senior for his work raising awareness for domestic violence. Williams has been vocal about his experiences growing up with an abusive father.