Photo of Dan Williams
  • 6'2" Height
  • 33 1/2" Arm Length
  • 327LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands


Williams was a three-year starter for the Vols and had a breakout season in 2009. He has an excellent combination of size, strength and athleticism for an interior defender. He plays with great pad level and a natural base to anchor effectively versus the run. He is a powerful bull-rusher who can collapse the pocket in the passing game. Williams can be inconsistent with his effort but does play with an attitude (can be nasty) in the trenches when he wants to. He is tough to move due to great initial punch and good balance and will draw many double-teams on the inside. He doesn't have great initial quickness to penetrate gaps but is a better run defender than pass rusher in base defenses. He feels pad pressure well and understands how to leverage blockers to maintain gap responsibilities. Williams will fit best as a nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme and will improve his draft status if concerns about his weight and work ethic are answered.



Thickly built in the lower half with excellent strength. Almost unblockable one-on-one and maintains good balance to eat up double teams. Shows a strong punch and uses heavy hands to control blockers. Collapses the pocket with a strong bull rush and is athletic enough to make plays in space. Explosive tackler who plays mean.


Carries around too much weight. Lacks a good initial burst to consistently provide a good pass rush. Does not always give a solid effort and takes plays off. Plays too high and struggles to disengage from blockers at times. Lacks the closing speed to make plays from the backside.
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.