Williams, gone in a year?

USC defensive end Leonard Williams will watch former teammates have their names called during the 2014 NFL Draft... a year from now, it could be him.

There was no doubt when Leonard Williams first stepped onto Howard Jones Field at USC that he would be a special player.

The defensive linemen, 6-foot-5 290-pounds, started nine games his freshmen season at USC, appearing in all 13 games. He made 64 tackles, eight sacks, deflected four passes, recovered two fumbles and made an interception which he nearly returned for six.

Williams was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and was named to numerous Freshman All-American teams.

His sophomore campaign only got better. In 2013, Williams started all 13 games he was available, missing the contest against California due to a shoulder injury.

As a defensive end in former defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast's 5-2 scheme, Williams finished second on the team with 74 tackles. He collected six sacks, one fumble recovery and forced two fumbles.

Once again, Williams was named to multiple All-America squads.

All of this, despite recently telling Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman he was only playing the season at 65 percent due to a torn labrum suffered during training camp.

So what do all these numbers and accolades mean?

Williams' junior season at USC will most likely be his last.

He did not participate in spring practices due to ongoing recovery from his offseason shoulder procedure to repair his labrum. Williams remained adamant through spring camp, however, he will be ready and 100 percent when fall camp opens in August.

NFL scouts frequent USC practices and Williams is a player they've been watching for years now. Multiple scouts and even an NFL GM have told Scout that Williams is a 'very special' player, a future top ten, perhaps even top five pick.

Enjoy him in Cardinal and Gold while it lasts. The 2015 NFL Draft is now just a year away.

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