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Grade
68.7 ?
  • 4.88 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 24 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 113.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.99 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.44 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 30 5/8" Arm Length
  • 241LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Williams was considered a key part of the Buckeyes in 2011, a squad still trying to figure out their future with former head coach Jim Tressel forced into retirement due to off-the-field issues surrounding the program. But in the season opener against Akron, the team’s starting defensive end suffered a knee injury that, at first, was only supposed to require arthroscopic surgery to repair. But eventually, it was discovered that micro-fracture surgery would be needed before Williams could return.



The all-state and two-time all-district high school star from Ohio got on the field as a true freshman despite the team’s depth up front (18 tackles, four for loss, two sacks—both against Northwestern). He played in all 13 games in 2009, consistently getting into the backfield (one start, 26 tackles, eight for loss, 3.5 sacks) as he did again the following year as a 10-game starter (12 games played, 45 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks, interception, three pass break-ups). In Williams' final season, he made 39 tackles (3.5 for loss), and also notched two sacks.

Analysis

Strengths

Tough, instinctive player. Upper body power. Challenges the lateral movement of tackles whether playing with his hand down or standing up (and on the left or right side), can accelerate to the quarterback if his man overextends. Contain on bootlegs and misdirection, chases down backs even if they get an advantage on stop-start moves in the backfield. Keeps his eyes in the backfield and uses strong hands to get off blocks to make plays in the hole. Also spin off blocks to grab backs going through the line or chase down scrambling quarterbacks. Plays strong against tight ends outside, showing attitude with his ability to rip off their blocks to free himself.

Weaknesses

Left knee must check out medically after having microfracture and athroscopic surgery last fall. A lack of bulk allowsbetter linemen to stone Williams’ advances and control him on the edge. A bit of a 'tweener. His get-off, flexibility and hand usage are not quite enough for him to be an elite pass rusher. Doesn't always take the best angles, and his over-aggressive nature can be used against him. Must sense cut blocks more quickly and use his hands to defeat them.

NFL Comparison

Erik Walden

Bottom Line

Williams is a bit of a 'tweener, but he's instinctive and can hold up at the point of attack and provide containment. He's not an overly explosive pass rusher, but he could have value to a team as a backup due to his toughness and mental aptitude.
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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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