Williams, a three-year starter, was chosen by the Carolina Panthers with the 102nd overall pick.
Whenever OU coach Bob Stoops would talk about Williams, he would mention that he has rarely seen someone improve so much during a player’s time in Norman. It was never clear what to expect from Williams, but he greatly surpassed expectations.
Williams was already among the anchors of the line during his sophomore and junior seasons, but he took it to that leadership level as a senior in 2014. As physical as they come, Williams was a key reason why OU rushed for more than six yards per carry.
He was named All-Big 12 first team by the coaches and the Associated Press last season and earned the coveted Bob Kalsu Award at OU, given to the player who displays leadership and serves as motivator and role model for his teammates.
Williams is the fourth OU player to be selected in the draft. OU had three representatives chosen Friday with wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (No. 40, Tennessee Titans), defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (No. 52, Miami Dolphins) and outside linebacker Geneo Grissom (No. 97, New England Patriots).