Photo of Trevardo Williams
Grade
66.1 ?
  • 4.57 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 30 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 1/4" Arm Length
  • 241LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Williams’ home country, Jamaica, has become a power in the track and field arena over the past few years, so it’s no surprise that he channeled his inner Usain Bolt when finishing second in the Class LL 100-meter dash at the Connecticut high school track meet three years straight. But it was really Williams’ first-team all-state accomplishments on the football field (he had 16 sacks as a senior) that drew the attention of college recruiters. That combination of playing acumen and speed is now getting the attention of NFL scouts, especially those working for teams primarily utilizing three-man fronts and looking for strong rush linebackers.



He went to Canterbury Prep school after graduating from Bridgeport Central to improve his SAT scores, and then enrolled early at UConn to take part in 2009 spring practices. Williams played in every game the following fall, starting against Rhode Island and being credited with 19 tackles, 2.5 for loss and two sacks. He got into the starting lineup seven times in 13 games as a sophomore, racking up 9.5 tackles for loss in 29 total stops, including 4.5 sacks. Williams was then rewarded with second-team All-Big East honors as a junior after finishing fifth in the enter Football Bowl Subdivision with 12.5 sacks (as part of 43 tackles, 15 for loss on the season). His senior season saw him named to the Coaches All-Big East first-team. His season included 42 tackles (13.5 for loss) and 11.5 sacks.

Analysis

Strengths

Pass rusher who lines up with his hand down and from a stand-up position, also starts on both sides of the line and inside to take advantage of slower guards. Secure tackler, brings force to his stops against unsuspecting quarterbacks on blind side hits. Times up the snap well, especially if teams aren’t changing up the count. Has the get-off necessary to attack from a wide-nine position and the flexibility to turn the corner in a hurry. Closes well against pocket passers trying to scramble, goes for the strip on contact using solid upper-body strength and tenacious attitude. Uses foot quickness to jump inside on counter move to take advantage of leaning blockers, also fast enough to jump on quarterbacks trying to step up in the pocket. Gets his hands up to knock down passes or impede the quarterback’s vision. Stands his ground on the edge against linemen against the run, gets his hands into their chests quickly (with some pop) to play with leverage.

Weaknesses

Undersized for a 4-3 defensive end at his current weight, can be engulfed by better tackles, or even tight ends. Needs to develop more power in the legs. Not violent off of contact, will be stop in his tracks if initial move fails. Does not look fluid back pedalling when asked to drop into coverage, is not practiced in man against running backs and tight ends for a move to linebacker. Constantly taken to the ground and unable to recover from cut blocks. Needs a variety of pass rush moves to beat NFL linemen.

NFL Comparison

O'Brien Schofield

Bottom Line

This native of Jamaica has the speed you’d expect from someone growing up in one of the world’s largest exporters of elite sprinters. The 2012 first-team All-Big East pick used that speed, as well as underrated strength, to put up 24 sacks the past two seasons. His lack of size limits him to very specific 4-3 schemes at defensive end, but his ability to rush the passer from a stand-up position could help him transition to a 3-4 linebacker spot at the next level. To effectively play 3-4 OLB however, he's going to need to prove that he's agile enough, and possesses enough instincts to hold up in coverage.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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