From his perch as the Broncos' latest first-round draft pick, Sylvester Williams has taken his first blow.

It was Rich from Littleton who delivered a potential concern regarding the Broncos' rookie defensive tackle. Rich was one of the Broncos' 5,000-plus season-ticket holders who participated in the fan forum conference call Tuesday with John Elway, who heads the team's football operations department, and his right hand man, Matt Russell, director of player personnel.

Rich said on his call he coached against Williams in a Kansas junior college game during the 2010 season. Rich was coaching for Independence Community College and Williams was a sophomore for Coffeyville Community College.

Rich said he noticed some maturity and coachability issues with Williams then and wondered how the Broncos perceived him now. Much of Williams' background story was well known to the fans who were on the call. Williams stopped going to classes as a high school sophomore and didn't start playing football until his senior year. He then worked in a large-truck radiator factory before he found his way to Coffeyville, then to North Carolina, then to Denver as the Broncos' first-round selection in the NFL draft.

Russell seemed to all but knock Elway out of the way to answer Rich's question.

"We're not concerned about Sly at all," Russell said. "We've done our homework on him. He is a great kid. We've had him in the building a couple times, interviewed him. Sly had some tough times growing up and really worked his way up the totem pole to get to where he's at. He's a young kid, and we're going to work with him when he gets here. But we're not worried about the maturity issues, or coachability issues or anything like that. We expect to him to step right in and be a pro and he knows the expectations."