It's clear what Nebraska saw in Kieron Williams when you watch his high school film. The defensive back from Shreveport (La.) Byrd is a linebacker playing in the secondary and off of the edge is a real force to be reckoned with.
Williams spent the last year at Air Force Prep Academy in Colorado Springs because he missed on the standardized test by one point. The Academy have much higher entrance requirements than the Clearinghouse and after a year there left looking for a school. His coach began making calls and generating a lot of interest.
Coach Charlton Warren left the Air Force Academy in January to join the Nebraska staff. It seemed logical for Williams to give the Huskers a look and on a visit he committed to Nebraska and was moving to Lincoln shortly after for the summer session.
Looking at recent social media pictures of Williams he is even more put together than I originally thought. According to his old high school coach Williams really played more of a linebacker type position for his team, but admits that it was also a bit of a hybrid considering Williams' ability.
Off of the edge and blitzing Williams does a great job of diagnosing the play as it develops in front of him. He does breakdown a little bit to see where the ball is going, but it's nearly at full speed which is very impressive.
At the second level he stays off of blocks, keeps outside leverage and seems to be a fairly sure tackler. Personally, I like the fact that he runs down a lot of plays from the backside and goes until the whistle is blown.
Williams in space is a player that receivers need to know where he's at. Williams will lay you out, but if there is something that he will need to work on it's his hands. Errant passes that hit DBs in the hands need to be going the other way.
I have such an appreciation for the hardcore special teams players too. Williams is seen running the fastest on the kickoff coverage team which is typically a unit of better athletes. He could see the field early here potentially which always helps out players get acclimated to the speed of the game.