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  • 5.17 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'6" Height
  • 315LBS. Weight

Overview

Called the finest offensive tackle in Vanderbilt history, Williams became the first Commodore to earned All-Southeastern Conference honors (2007) from league coaches since Will Wolford in 1984. Despite manning the demanding left tackle position, he consistently received winning blocking grades over the last two seasons, as he allowed just two quarterback sacks over the course of his last 1,558 snaps.

At Catholic High School, Williams earned all-conference and all-region recognition as an offensive tackle. He guided one of the most powerful Louisiana teams to a 10-2 record en route to the district title as a senior. He added Class 5A All-State Academic Team honors and served as vice president of the National Honor Society. He was also a member of the Key Club, French Club and Beta Club.

Williams enrolled at Vanderbilt in 2003, but did not see any playing time until the 2005 campaign. He performed on the scout team in 2003 at both guard and tackle. Because of some academic issues in the school's engineering program, the talented youngster was ruled ineligible for football competition in 2004, again spending a season on the scout team.

In '05, Williams appeared in 11 games, earning starting assignments in nine games at left offensive guard. He also saw action in six games at left tackle, replacing Ryan King when the tackle was struggling. Williams twice earned team Offensive Player of the Game honors (vs. Mississippi and Middle Tennessee), as he delivered 54 knockdowns and graded over 83% for blocking consistency on 828 offensive snaps.

Williams emerged as a junior, taking over left tackle duties full-time. He earned second-team All-SEC accolades, along with the Most Valuable Offensive Lineman Award from the Vandy coaching staff. After allowing a quarterback sack vs. Michigan in the season opener, no other opposing defender would get past the left tackle to sack a Vanderbilt quarterback the rest of the campaign. He posted an 84.1% grade for blocking consistency, along with 79 knockdowns and nine touchdown-resulting blocks. He shared team Offensive Player of the Game honors twice and was named team player of the game in the Tennessee clash. In addition, he was the first Vanderbilt offensive lineman to garner SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors, as he graded 94% vs. Georgia.

As a senior, Williams was named All-American third-team by The NFL Draft Report. The consensus first-team All-SEC pick had a banner senior campaign. On 836 offensive plays, the opposition got to the Commodore quarterback just once while he was lined up at left tackle. The offensive co-captain earned SEC Lineman of the Week honors (vs. Mississippi) and Offensive Player of the Game three times (vs. Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee). He registered 102 knockdowns, including 12 touchdown-resulting blocks, finishing his final season with an 85.7% grade for blocking consistency.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Has a thick, wide upper body with broad shoulders, big bubble, wide hips and solid thigh and calf thickness...Has the wingspan and big hands to make the reach block, showing very good balance in his kick slide and attempts to mirror the edge rushers...Plays with adequate knee bend and is functional on short pulls and traps in-line when he plays on his feet but is not good running long distances...Shows the body control to adjust and gain position with his kick-slide...Alerts to stunts and twists, doing a nice job of working in unison with his guards...Well-liked by teammates and staff and keeps the players loose with his outgoing personality in the locker room...Shows very good leadership ability and will put in the extra hours mentoring a younger teammate...Does all the little extras in the film room and at practice...Hard worker who will not need to be monitored...Quicker setting up in pass protection than vs. the run, but is better when working in a phone booth, as he is more apt to gain position working in-line...Effective at getting to his reach point in pass protection...Has good slide agility and does a solid job of working down the line...When he keeps his pads down, he does a good job of keeping body control (used to lunge and lose his feet)...When he uses his size and reach, he is more effective gaining position off the snap...As a senior, he did a much better job of using his hands to lock up and control his man, developing ability to be a mauler...Is learning to use his hands while running his feet in attempts to sustain...Has just adequate hip roll but can get movement off the line on short pulls...When he gets his hands into the defender, he is capable of holding rush lanes and steering the defender out (has greatly improved his drive ability in 2007-- see Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Auburn games)...Must become more physical on drive blocks, but he is alert to coverage when trying to gain position. Has better reach, scope and down blocking ability when working in-line...Uses his long arms well to latch on to his man in attempts to control and wall off...Shows decent ability to sink his weight when sitting and holding up vs. the bull rush...Good on the short pulls when running a straight line, working hard to keep his feet on initial contact...Keeps his hands up high and inside his framework, defeating his man with finesse counter moves rather than using strength...His quick placement lets him gain advantage upon initial contact...Not a violent puncher, but knows how to use his reach to control...Has experience at both tackle and guard (until he develops more bulk and strength, he might be a better fit at guard, thanks to his short area burst). Negatives: Not soft, but lacks ideal overall muscle tone (has a thick frame that shows marginal definition) and will need to add more bulk to his frame for a potential move to guard at the pro level...Lacks the agility to get in front blocking at the second level and needs to become more aggressive, as he sometimes takes passive swipes rather than forcefully engaging and driving into the opponent...Struggles to adjust in space, especially when trying to lower his body to push and control the defender on the move...Generally shows good vision, but will miss a few assignments now and then when his concentration lapses...More of a finesse-type blocker and needs to shoot his hands with much better force in attempts to gain leverage...Makes just an adequate effort to block downfield and is a bit inconsistent in finishing his blocks. Will play off his man too quickly at times rather than locking on to drive out and sustain...Sometimes struggles to cut off on the second level...Must improve his hip snap, as he does not always get to his seal-off point in a hurry...Needs to generate stronger leg drive in attempts to explode into the defender and finish off the block...Lacks hip explosion, making him more reliant on his hand placement than feet when trying to sustain...Will sometimes struggle with quick defenders, but will use his size to take up space and anchor...Can pull, but is sometimes slow moving his feet and needs to do a better job of taking proper angles trying to adjust in the open field...Must roll his hips better on contact, as he is too inconsistent finishing in the second level. Compares To: D'BRICKASHAW FERGUSON-New York Jets...Like Ferguson, Williams relies on finesse moves and his long reach over power. Both need to improve their overall strength and add bulk to handle the demanding task of playing left tackle. Williams might be a better fit at guard early in his career, so as not to expose him against speedy edge rushers. He can mirror the quicker defender in the short area, but he is marginal taking on second-level defenders and needs to improve taking proper angles when working in space. He has the frame to get bigger, but needs to play with more tenacity. He is a smart student, but will miss a few assignments due to mental lapses. With just adequate hip snap, he would be a liability starting at left tackle as a rookie, but he has the makeup, size and desire to improve.
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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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