Williams has been praised as perhaps the best player in his class, and his slip to the sixth pick was seen as a stroke of fortuity for the perpetually star-crossed Jets. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Williams may have dipped in the first round due to a shoulder injury discovered during the pre-draft process.
"Leonard Williams, from all the guys I've seen so far, has been the most dominating player," NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said before the draft. "Everything you want -- the size, the length, the explosiveness, the versatility. You can play him all over the line on defense. He reminds me a lot of Richard Seymour. That's pretty good company to keep."