When they saw Williams in person though, his physique, athleticism and ability to make a play with the ball in his hands started to quiet those questions.
Everyone knew and assumed that year one would be a lean one, the rookie was coming into a wide receiver room with some talent, Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown, Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson, and a veteran quarterback in Carson Palmer.
It was also going to be a big jump for Williams, who played his college ball at Grambling State.
So his first season turning in only three catches for 31 yards was not all that unexpected.
Big things were expected and needed in year two, however.
The Cardinals came into the season with Williams slated to be the number two wide receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald, slotting in front of newly drafted Christian Kirk.
Then the season started, the Cardinals offense was a complete mess and worse off, Williams did not even post a reception until game three, where he had one catch for eight yards against the Chicago bears.
Since then, Williams has only played in five more games, catching ten passes for 105 yards and one touchdown, the only of his career.
Now, as we head into the final two weeks of the season, the question is, can you believe in Chad Williams to be a contributor moving forward?
The short answer is no.
Williams could see action this week, at least head coach Steve Wilks is hopeful, but he has to put up some numbers too.
You see, the names of players that finish their first two seasons with under 15 catches who were picked in the top 100 is not a list you want to be a part of, this is just since 2000.
That’s where Williams is at this point and that’s where the Cardinals are.
They desperately need talent at the wide receiver position, and Williams was the second one chosen in the top 100 by Steve Keim.
Now, with John Brown going through a mini career revival in Baltimore, and Williams looking like a miss, the Cardinals could be back at the drawing board.
Christian Kirk is not a bad starting point, but if Larry Fitzgerald walks away towards retirement, this wide receiver room gets bottom of the league bad immediately.
That begs the question, is Chad Williams someone you can count on moving forward, or are we already at the point where Trent Sherfield an Jalen Tolliver offer more hope?
No matter your answer, the Cardinals desperately need wide receiver help, either from someone stepping up in house, or finding the right fit in the draft and free agency.