- AProjectionRound 1
- YearRS Sophomore
- Hand9 ⅝
- Arm33 ¼
Strong Points: Size, strength, power, athleticism, speed. Dominates one-on-one blocks. Consistently gets penetration to disrupt the run game. Can play anywhere across the defensive front. Very good interior pass rusher. Has quick hands and keeps blockers off his body. Seldom off his feet. Quickly closes off blocks. Never gives ground to double-teams. Plays like a senior, not a sophomore.
Weak Points: Really none. With the talent Alabama has along the defensive front, he had to wait his turn to become a starter. Might not be a sub-5.0 40 guy.
The Way We See It: Alabama is always loaded along the defensive line, but Williams might be one of the best prospects they have had in a few years. Has all the traits needed to become a very good NFL defensive tackle. After dominating early games this year, he constantly was double-teamed, yet still was able to control the line of scrimmage. Excellent run defender, getting rid of blockers and getting to the play. Very good inside pass rusher who beats his man with quickness and hand use. Will be able to play in any front at the next level. Will be a dominant 3-tech in a 4-3 or dominate at the 5-tech in a 3-4. Can also pay on the nose. Immediate starter no matter where he is drafted.
Hub Arkush: I have Williams as the Best Available Player in this Draft regardless of position. He's ideally suited to play the 3-tecnique in a "40" front but can play 5-tech in a 3-4 or pretty much anywhere along the D-line. Williams can collapse the pocket and drop the QB coming from the inside, is excellent against the run and handled double teams through much of the past season at Alabama. I struggled to come up with red flags on this kid -- he could be special.
Best Fit: Cardinals, Jets, Raiders, Bills, Dolphins
Red Flags: Lack of bulk and length
NFL Comp: Akiem Hicks, Fletcher Cox, Ndamukong Suh