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Packers scout honored for Tramon Williams discovery

Tramon Williams

Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams stretches during an NFL football practice Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers are scheduled to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 6. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)


Alonzo Highsmith, the Green Bay Packers scout who discovered cornerback Tramon Williams in 2006, has been named NFL Scout of the Year.

Highsmith was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1987 draft, but played just six NFL seasons due to knee injuries. He’s now a regional scout for the Packers.

The Houston Chronicle details Highsmith’s finding of Williams here. Undrafted out of Louisiana Tech, Williams lost out on a roster spot to Dunta Robinson, Phillip Buchanon, DeMarcus Faggins, Dexter McCleon, Lewis Sanders, and Von Hutchins in 2006 Texans camp. Gary Kubiak’s team did not even offer Williams a practice squad contract.

Texans fans are still sore over losing Williams. It’s hard to blame them considering Houston’s league-worst pass defense in 2010.

Add in the fact that not a solitary cornerback kept over Williams is still a Texan, and it’s a mini-public relations disaster for Kubiak. Four of the six are out of the league.