NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
Williams was mostly known as Quinnen's little brother before NFL scouts noticed the sibling of Alabama's All-American defensive tackle. He was an All-Birmingham Metro player and area Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Wenonah High School but did not receive the recruiting notice that Quinnen did. As a redshirt freshman, Williams started 3 of 11 games played in 2015 (31 tackles, three for loss). He started 3 of 10 games played the following year (32 tackles, four for loss, blocked kick) before getting a full-time job as a junior (57 tackles, 1.5 for loss). Williams took his game to another level during his senior campaign, ranking second in the FCS with 7.1 tackles per game (111 total, 9.5 for loss) and two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). Ohio Valley Conference coaches named him first-team all-conference for his efforts in 2018.
By Lance Zierlein
Undrafted free agent
OverviewFast, explosive athlete who will be targeted as a run-and-hit outside linebacker with the ability to stalk from sideline to sideline. Williams is aggressive in his response to ball-carriers but can be slow to diagnose and defeat blockers during his process. His speed, aggression and explosiveness are nice traits to unleash on special teams while he is being developed as a 4-3 WILL linebacker.
- Tackle machine with 111 total and 78 solos his senior season
- Ran 4.59 and carries incredible 81-inch wingspan on sub 6-foot frame
- Carries thick trunk
- Explosive leaping numbers at pro day
- Big second-gear burst to track down ball-carriers
- Aggressive acceleration through contact with thoughtful wrap-up
- Has soft hands and long speed to pick it and go
- Possesses blitz and special teams talent.
- Just one season of true starter's production
- Instincts are slightly below average
- Can be slow to see it unfold and respond
- Much better downhill than flowing laterally
- Change-of-direction quickness is average
- Undersized as a pro linebacker.
Pro Bowl-caliber player
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
Should become instant starter
Chance to become NFL starter
NFL backup or special teams potential
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
Should be in an NFL training camp
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
Likely needs time in developmental league