WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Jauan Williams (Archbishop Carroll/Washington, D.C.) is one of the top offensive tackles in the 2016 class, and on Sept. 27 his Carroll squad took on Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.) in an afternoon matinee, which the latter won, 21-0. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Williams ended up with zero sacks allowed and two pancake blocks while showing we'll run blocking as well. Williams also committed one holding penalty.
After the game we spoke to Williams in order to get an update on where he stands in his recruitment. We also provided a detailed scouting report below. Check them out:
Williams just looks like a left tackle. He’s 6-6, sinewy, thick and wide-based with long arms and mitt-like hands. This guy is one powerful specimen, and he’s got plenty of room to add more muscle to his power forward’s frame.
Now the question is, Can he play? Sure, there are some technical areas that need refining, but Williams can flat out get after it. In pass protection, he’s got a relatively fast first step, sets up quickly and throws a powerful, stunning initial punch. For a bigger guy, Williams plays relatively low, using his base to his advantage while delivering his jab underneath the opposing lineman’s pads.
Williams typically gets his arms extended as well, and his strong hands allow him to latch on and anchor. An aggressive tackle, Williams scraps through the whistle and works for those signature pancake blocks.
When run blocking, Williams may be a left tackle, but he has a road grader’s mentality. He’s one mean customer, and when he gets his hands on you, it’s over. Williams has those big, violent paws, and it’s difficult to maneuver around him or disengage from his grasp. Better yet, he has the want-to and ability to finish, fighting until his man is defeated.
It helps that Williams gets off the ball so well, driving hard from his base. He strikes low, thrusts upward and has the ability to stand his man straight up. By that point the defensive end/tackle is typically out of the play, but Williams doesn’t stop there. He can drive his man straight off the line, pushing him several yards backwards. Williams is also someone who is consistently at the second level, executing slip blocks and blocks in space while showing terrific agility for a 6-6, 270 pounder.
On top of that, Williams showed the ability to work well with his guard on combination blocks, and also threw a nice cut block as well. His steps are fairly deft for someone his size.
For the most part, Williams’ athleticism is impressive. For an offensive lineman he has very good pure foot speed, and shows an uncanny looseness. He’s the type of tackle who can get out on the edge and pick off a linebacker in the open field.
To improve, Williams has to hone his footwork, mainly in pass protection. He didn’t face too many potent edge rushers, so he wasn’t tested much, but it’s clear against elite competition he’s going to have to become even more adept at shifting and readjusting. Also, we’d like to see a smoother, less mechanical steps; quick-twitch defensive ends may be able to beat him to the outside. He also has to make sure his hand placement stays consistent as, like most high school linemen, he’ll lapse every once in awhile. And while he does work to keep his pads low, Williams tends to play a bit high at times, so we’d like to see him stay consistent with his leverage.
Furthermore Williams isn’t asked to complete many of the more complicated run-blocking techniques such as alley blocks or counters, and he doesn’t do much pulling either. He’ll need to refine his steps in these areas, as well as develop a more keen field awareness. There were a couple occasions when Williams didn’t pick up a stray blitzer, and he ended up blocking the inside man instead of identifying the rush linebacker coming off the edge.
Finally, Williams has to continue adding strength and power, while improving his conditioning. He looked a tad winded late in the game, so it would behoove him to keep improving in this area.
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