With the 38th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected running back Ryan Williams out of Virginia Tech.
Williams was one of only five players who attended the draft party at Radio City Music Hall Thursday night to leave undrafted. He didn't have to wait very long on Friday though to hear his name called. Williams was the sixth player drafted in the second round, and the second running back selected in this draft class after Mark Ingram was drafted by the New Orleans Saints.
Williams joins a back-field in Arizona that saw a transition last season from Tim Hightower to Chris Beanie Wells. Hightower finished the 2010 season with 736 yards and five touchdowns while Wells ran for 397 yards and two touchdowns.
The 38th overall pick had an incredible redshirt freshman season in 2009 for the Hokies, rushing for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns while winning the ACC Rookie of the Year award. He missed out on several games last season due to a hamstring injury, but still finished 2010 with 477 yards and nine touchdowns.
For more on Williams and the rest of Arizona's draft picks, follow SB Nation's Cardinals blog Revenge Of The Birds.