Lacks ideal power in his lower half and really struggles to push the pocket as a bull rusher and can be sealed easily from the football inside. Isn’t a guy who can consistently anchor on contact vs. the double team, as he relies on his quickness to gain an initial advantage in order to be effective getting up the field. Can be engulfed on contact too easily at times and will struggle to fight his way through opposing linemen once they get their hands on him.
Impression: Plays with leverage and has a good first step to his game, but needs to get stronger though his lower half in order to hold up vs. the power and size at the point at the next level."
The 2006 Florida 5A first-team all-state pick as an offensive lineman made an instant impact on the Irish defense -- he was All-Central Florida pick by the Orlando Sentinel as a senior -- as a true freshman. He was named freshman All-American after playing in all 12 games, starting the final two, and finishing second among the team's defensive linemen with 45 tackles (1.5 for loss). Williams gained the starting nod in seven of 13 games played as a sophomore, making 40 stops, two for loss and also breaking up a pass. In 2009, he started eight of 12 games and was credited with 39 stops, an impressive six for loss, intercepted one pass and broke up another.
Williams was playing well in 2010 before an injury took him out of action for the last four regular-season games. He made his 38th tackle of the season in the team's Sun Bowl win over Miami (Fla.), to go with 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks while eating up blocks inside. Teams looking for a top reserve or potential starter at nose tackle will consider him worth a look in the middle of the draft.
Strengths: Two-gap nose tackle has the anchor and lower-body strength to hold up against double-team. Aware of the play in the backfield, works his way off his block to chase plays when run to the other side of the line. Flashes nimble feet through trash inside. Can disengage from linemen with strong hands, occasionally spinning to get free. Capable of popping into his man's jersey to keep from getting moved off the line. Swallows backs with his girth when he closes up a gap, and has the strength to knock down smaller backs with an arm tackle. Chase and hustle are impressive, will help linebackers make stops at the second level and takes deep angles to chase down running backs down the sideline.
Weaknesses: Does not provide much initial pass rush but can prevent quarterbacks from stepping up into the pocket and gives effort to reach the passer until the ball is away. Lacks closing speed. Too short to affect passing lanes. Not mobile or explosive enough to get outside on stunts or twists. Often replaced in obvious passing situations. Adequate get-off for a run-stopping nose tackle, but does not have elite quickness to beat NFL interior linemen off the snap as a penetrator. Rarely dominates better linemen with his bull rush. Will not be a productive tackler outside of the box at the next level."
Positive: Strong defensive tackle built low to the ground and best defending the run. Plays with good pad level, tough to move off the point, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Shoots the gaps up the field, remains disciplined, and consistently plays with leverage. Keeps his feet driving up the field and displays good strength in his lower body. Possesses adequate change-of-direction skills.
Negative: Marginal pass rusher with only a small burst of speed. Short and engulfed by opponents.
Analysis: Williams is a hardworking interior lineman who can control the middle of the line and plays smart football. He offers ability in a variety of systems and could develop into a starter at the next level."
Negatives: Lacks explosion... Doesn't get in the backfield very much... Not a great penetrator or pocket collapser... Had not recorded a sack prior to this season... Not much of an arsenal... Plays a little too high... Needs to get a little stronger in lower body... Does not have much room left to add bulk... Gets a lot of plays off... Two-down run stuffer... Missed four games with torn MCL this season."
Weaknesses: Not very big and likely can't add weight without sacrificing quickness. Gives ground vs. the double team and is not suited to anchor. Gets cut and goes to the ground too much. Likely not a front-line player.
Projection: Late-round pick has some skills as a three-technique DT in a 4-3 defense. May not be starting material but will give it everything he has and be a good rotational/backup player."
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