Williams staring at 100 percent before season

The expectations for defensive lineman Leonard Williams are lofty as he heads into his junior season at USC. But will the standout lineman be ready to compete when fall camp opens in August?


Video, Leonard Williams discusses early NFL draft projections, his shoulder injury, and preparation for fall camp...

USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams was forced to sit out during the Trojans 15 spring practices under new coach Steve Sarkisian as he continued to recover from an offseason shoulder procedure to repair a torn labrum.

Williams has returned to action this summer in player-run practices in preparation for his junior season - and most likely his last - at USC.

Some early NFL draft predictions have Williams slotted as a top five pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Williams tells Scout he doesn't feel internal pressure to perform to draft expectations this season, adding that he is keeping his routine the same as it has been his previous two years at USC.

The 2013 All-American says if there is any pressure, it is to nurse his shoulder back to 100 percent before fall camp opens on Aug. 4

Williams was second on the team in 2013 making 74 tackles, and six sacks. He also recovered a fumble and forced two fumbles.

Williams is on the 2014 Bednarik Award watch list, presented to the collegiate defensive player of the year.

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