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Brandon Williams (DE)
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 252
College: Texas Tech
Conference: Big 12
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
High School: South Hills
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Selected by: Dallas Cowboys
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 20 (120)
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Pick Analysis: Williams was an underclassman that may have been better served staying in school. Nevertheless, he has pass-rushing potential and is extremely athletic. There are questions as to whether he can be a linebacker, so the Cowboys may use him as a rotation defensive end in their 3-4 scheme.
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Overview

Big 12 opponents fully appreciated the impact Williams had on the Red Raiders' in 2008, even if others paid more attention to the high-flying offense. After all, Williams led the conference with 13 sacks, earning first-team All-Big 12 accolades as a junior, and leaves Tech ranked fourth in school history with 22.5 career sacks. Williams is strictly a speed rusher, as he lacks the bulk and strength to provide much in the running game. Teams are always looking for pass rushers and this fact could make Williams a top-100 selection come April, but another year at Texas Tech to get stronger would have been beneficial.


High School

South Hills High School in Fort Worth, Texas ... No. 69 overall prospect in Dallas area (Dallas Morning News) ... District 8-4A first team after posting 102 tackles and 11 sacks during senior season ... Rated as one of the state's top 20 defensive linemen ... Timed at 4.8 second in the 40-yard dash ... Also offered by Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa State, Central Florida and SMU ... High school coach was Jerry Watson.


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Analysis

Positives: Lanky, athletic frame with room for at least an additional 15-20 pounds of added mass. ... Good initial quickness off the snap. ... Can pressure the edge immediately with his burst and has the balance and flexibility to get under the tackle and close. ... Has a late short burst to close. ... Good straight-line speed.


Negatives: Essentially a one-trick pony at this time because he lacks the bulk and strength required to be dependable against the run in the NFL from the traditional defensive end position. ... Lacks the balance and flexible hips to change direction fluidly and project as a linebacker. ... Relies on his long arms and speed to trip up ballcarriers too often. ... Is not a strong tackler and opponents break his arm tackles.


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