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USC DL Leonard Williams runs 4.97 in 40 at Scouting Combine

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USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams went into the NFL Scouting Combine considered the top non-quarterback available, and his 40-yard dash certainly didn't hurt his standing.


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Williams measured 6-foot-4 1/2 and 302 pounds, and he officially ran the 40 in 4.97 seconds. His unofficial 10-yard split was impressive, too, at 1.72 seconds.

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NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock compared Williams to former All-Pro lineman Richard Seymour and called Williams "a big, strong dude." Fellow analyst Daniel Jeremiah touted Williams' quick hands and ability to fend off blocks. Jeremiah also said Williams can get pressure in the backfield against the run and the pass.

"He doesn't ever hardly come off the field," said Jeremiah, who had Williams as the top prospect in the draft before the combine.

Former NFL coach/current NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci noted that Williams is "scheme diverse." Indeed, Williams looks to be a fit at end or tackle in the 4-3 and at end in the 3-4, which adds to his appeal -- and draftability.

NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest agreed with Mariucci. McGinest was on the field during drills and noted Williams' ability to be moved around was a big plus. He called Williams "an exceptional athlete."

Three of NFL.com's four mock drafts project Williams as the No. 2 overall pick of the Tennessee Titans; the other has him going to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3.

Williams was a three-year starter at USC who left school after his junior season. He had 217 tackles, 20 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss in his career.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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