Notre Dame Senior
40: 5.20 (estimated)
Flashes power in one on one situations and shows the leg drive to think he can become a good bull rusher down the road. Hard to move and doesn't give much ground at the point of attack. Comes out low off snap and can be disruptive at times in the backfield. Works hard and fights through double teams. Plays with a good motor, and doesn't quite until the whistle blows. Shows ability to sniff out screens, chase backs downfield, and can make the open field tackler.
Doesn't have an ideal first step off the snap and not a major factor as a pass rusher. Doesn't really have any well-developed or go-to pass rush moves. Needs to improve his hand technique to disengage and get off blocks better. Not very fluid or athletic when he's moving in space, and doesn't have ideal range there.
He's a high motor player that works hard. Williams was a three-year starter, but was a key contributor on the line for all four years. He had his best year as a senior, despite missing 4 games late in the year due to sprained MCL. He finished with 38 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and 1.5 sacks in 9 games. Other three seasons he combined for 124 tackles, 9.5 for loss, and no sacks. He also finished his career with 2 picks.
While Williams isn't the most talented prospect, you know he'll be a decent pro because of his high motor and ability to work in a two-gap scheme. Other prospects have much greater upside, but because of questionable motors and conditioning, they are probably at best a 50/50 proposition of whether they reach that upside. I'm 100% sure that Williams will stick in the pros and be a quality player. Now that might only be as a reserve, but he'll contribute in a rotation for some 3-4 team and will probably have a longer career than many of his counterparts in the league because he brings the lunch pail to work every day. Occasionally, you'll see some disruptive abilities to think that he wouldn't be bad in a one-gap scheme, but he'd need to slim down to get the most of out of his ability there, and even so would probably only be a No. 4 guy. But he's the type of player that a team like Minnesota likes because of his ability to absorb blockers. But he fits best in a 3-4 scheme. He'll probably be a rotational player and backup during his rookie contract, but by the time he hits free agency down the road might have developed enough to get a starting opportunity. He's not going to be a guy that is the centerpiece of a defense. I would compare him to a player like Bryan Robinson (Cardinals) in that if you rotate him with another player, he can be a serviceable starter. But ideally, he'll be a No. 2 guy that can allow the more talented starter on a team to get rest for 20-30 snaps a game, and he'll work best in that role. He's more of a Kendrick Clancy or Chris Hoke-type than the next Aubrayo Franklin. But he'll stick in the pros, and could easily play 8-15 years, mostly as a backup because teams will like his work ethic and value as a reserve.
Williams isn't completely miscast in a 4-3 scheme, but he's only a No. 4 guy because of the limited contributions he would make on third downs. He could play 15 years in the league and never reach double digits as far as sacks go. But he can be a valuable commodity for a 4-3 team looking for a guy that can clog the middle for 20-30 snaps per game. His high motor and if the Falcons could get him down to the 295-305 pound range he could fill a similar role as to Vance Walker in their rotation and potentially be better than Walker because he's harder to move off the ball.
For a 3-4 team looking for a backup nose tackle that is worth developing, he would make a nice fourth round pick. For a 4-3 team looking for a run stuffer inside, his limited potential means he would only merit a sixth or seventh round pick at best.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point of Attack: 3.5
Pass Rush: 1.0
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