ON THE CLOCK: Daryl Williams

Nasty run blocker might have to move inside to guard in the NFL

The 2015 NFL Draft is on the horizon. For a handful of Sooners, there’s a chance to have their name called during the three-day stretch starting on April 30.

There have been 33 players from Oklahoma drafted since 2009, and the Sooners have the fifth-highest percentage of starters – with more than one year as a starter – drafted into the NFL (38 percent) in that same time period.

There are some Sooners looking to follow in those footsteps in this year’s draft.

-------------- Offensive tackle Daryl Williams --------------

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Williams is the nastiest run blocker in the draft this year.

He still has his pass-blocking deficiencies, but his natural strength and size have always helped him recover from that. For that reason, it seems like Williams is a natural move inside to guard.

And at 6-foot-5, 327 pounds, Williams makes for a massive guard – a scary proposition on any pull. Granted, some teams, like the Detroit Lions, might be interested in keeping Williams at right tackle.

Williams’ leadership and intangibles will never be in question, not even as he makes the obvious jump in talent to the NFL. His athleticism has always been knocked, but it has not hurt him yet. Not even a little bit.

Still, an anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Williams “could go third round because big bodies go.” Most project Williams as a fourth or fifth round talent.

Now Trending: ⇈ ⇈ Williams has been a roller-coaster draft prospect, climbing and falling all season. Right now, it seems like he’s a riser with teams like the Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles appearing to be a good fit.

Closest NFL player comparison: James Carpenter, New York Jets - A nasty blocker who will finish every chance he gets: That’s one of the major reasons the Jets spent money on the former first round pick to get him away from Seattle, which might have let Carpenter go with a chance to draft his replica (hint, hint).

Sooners’ Illustrated’s final, fun yet oddly exact NFL Draft prediction: Third Round – 95th overall to the Seattle Seahawks.

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