6-3/261 Texas Tech
Pros: An athletic pass rusher with a nice first step that shows potential as a bull rusher. Has quickness and burst to turn the corner. Does a nice job getting low and getting leverage vs. the run. Has good recognition and can play contain on the edge. Breaks down well in the backfield and can make the stop at the point of attack. Shows nice speed and potential as a stand-up rusher.
Cons: Doesn't consistently have a great first step and won't be able to consistently turn the corner at the next level. At times will rely too much on his edge speed to beat blocker. Struggles to get off blocks once he's engaged. Doesn't have a great motor and doesn't finish plays.
Overview: Williams really emerged as an edge rusher the past two years, recording 13 sacks this past year. He shows potential as a run stopper, but needs to be more consistent.
NFL Forecast: Williams is a tweener that it'll be interesting to see where he goes. He has the potential to develop as a linebacker in the 3-4 scheme, but I think he'll be better as an end in the 4-3. He needs to add size. I don't think his motor or quickness is consistent enough that he'll be a top pass rusher anyway on the edge. He'll be a guy that tallies 5-8 sacks per year as a starter. But if he bulks up, he can be a more complete player as he ﬂashes potential as a run stopper. He needs to be more consistent. I don't think Williams is going to be a star, but he can be an effective pass rusher. His ideal role is going to be as a guy that plays opposite another pass rusher, as I don't think he can be "the guy" for a team off the edge.
ATL Forecast: Williams has potential in Atlanta. He would be groomed as a situational pass rusher with the ability to get bigger and better against the run down the road. He wouldn't be an elite end here, but a capable starter that could consistently get 4-6 sacks a year. He would need a few years of development, and would probably be a situational guy for two or more years before he really could blossom into a starter. He has potential to play left end for the Falcons, but would require him to probably add another 10-15 pounds to his frame. But more than likely for the time being, he'll be used as a rush end that can team with Abe and bring pressure from the other side.
Value: Williams is a nice middle round pick because of his athletic potential, but is not consistent enough to go much higher than the end of the fourth round. But ideally would be drafted in the fifth.
Scouting Reports of defensive ends in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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