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Drafted By: Titans

Combine Results

Grade
5.27 ?
  • 4.66 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.11 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.07 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Williamson went through the position drills (at Kentucky's pro day), and it didn't look like he can be an outside linebacker in the NFL. He is better suited to play inside linebacker in a 4-3 type of defense." -- Gil Brandt

  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 246LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Prepped in Tennessee, where he played in two state championship games and was honored as the Outstanding Senior of his graduating class, recognizing academics, character and athletics. Played 12 games in 2010 and was credited with 10 tackles, zero for loss and zero sacks with a pass breakup. Appeared in 12 games in '11 and collected 49-1.5-0 with an interception and forced fumble. Started 24 games at middle linebacker and led the Wildcats in tackles his final two seasons -- totaled 135-4.5-3 with four pass breakups, an interception and two forced fumbles in '12; and 102-4-1 in '13. Team captain.

Analysis

Strengths

Good size. Plays with a good, wide base. Very productive tackler. Outstanding personal and football character -- works hard, is accountable and commands respect. Smart, understands the game and can make all the calls and on-field adjustments.

Weaknesses

Average athletic ability and foot quickness -- is a step late to the perimeter. Struggles to disengage from blockers once he is locked up. Limited cover range and reactions -- is late to recognize and gets sucked up by playaction. Average functional strength. Is not a take-on thumper. His 30 1/2-inch vertical was worst among middle linebackers at the combine.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line

A functional, between-the-tackles run stopper with a chance to make it on the inside of a 3-4 defense where he can patrol the middle. Can be targeted in coverage and will need to make a mark on special teams to stick.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
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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