Displays good instincts and reads the action well in front of him, consistently getting good jumps on the throw when asked to drive on plays in front of him. But, lacks the kind of burst needed to make a play on the football and consistently has to play the man after the catch.
Isn't real compact in his drop and routinely allows his pad level to get too high. However, does a nice job recognizing routes and getting early jumps on the throw. Possesses above-average instincts and knows how to put himself around the football. But, isn't a guy who is going to redirect well in space and get back up to speed quickly sideline to sideline.
Impression: I like his nose for the football and is a solid tackler. However, he lacks range and is going to have a tough time getting on the field in an NFL secondary."
Positive: Nice-sized, strong safety prospect who is best making plays in the box or up the field. Explosive in run defense, shows a closing burst of speed and attacks ball handlers. Fluid changing direction, shows a good head for the ball and works hard to get involved in the action. Wraps up tackling.
Negative: Marginal ball skills and late arriving on the scene. Does not possess the downfield speed to say stay with receivers. Often makes his first move up the field.
Analysis: Williams is a physical defensive back with an aggressive streak but shows limitations in pass coverage. He's a conventional strong safety prospect who may also get consideration from zone teams."
Negatives: Not especially fast... Not a ball-hawking safety, only recorded one career interception at Washington... Is good in run support in the box, but doesn't have the recognition skills and instincts to be a good coverage safety from the box... Not a man-to-man safety in any sense, coverage skills are too raw, is not fluid enough to run with most tight ends in coverage... Does not have great range, not a center-fielder safety in the NFL."
Weaknesses: Williams is not nearly as effective in coverage as he is versus the run. Is a half-step slow to recognize and react to WR routes. Lacks the closing ability to make a play on the ball and shown that he can't make the play on the ball when given the opportunity. Will over pursue the ball at times.
Projection: Seventh rounder or UDFA. Williams will get an opportuntity to compete for a backup spot and will need to be a special team standout."
Williams' numbers dipped in 2009, but so far he is having a superb senior season in 2010. Through seven games he has already totaled 62 tackles, 5.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks. Williams is not just a pass coverage safety anymore and he can come up and make big plays in the backfield. Perhaps his best asset is his speed and quickness. He can run a 4.5 40, but he plays faster than that due to his instincts.
Williams has played a lot of safety, but he may be a better outside linebacker in the NFL. He is a little undersized to be a top safety prospect, however that depends more on the system of the NFL team. He can certainly play safety for some teams, but he could be a fine linebacker who can get to the quarterback or drop back in coverage."
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