Bucs Scouting Report: Chris Williams

Each day leading up to the NFL Draft, Bucsblitz.com will break down a player that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be interested in on draft day. Today it's Vanderbilt OT Chris Williams. Find out his vitals, his college statistics, what our Scout.com personnel guru Tom Marino thinks of him and Matthew Postins' thoughts on how Williams could fit in with the Bucs.

Chris Williams

POSITION: Offensive tackle.

MEASURABLES: 6-foot-6, 316 pounds, 5.13 in the 40.

COLLEGE CAREER: Williams became the first Commodore to earned All-Southeastern Conference honors (2007) from league coaches since Will Wolford in 1984. Despite manning the demanding left tackle position, he consistently received winning blocking grades over the last two seasons, as he allowed just two quarterback sacks over the course of his last 1,558 snaps. He's now considered the finest lineman in Vandy history.

PROJECTED AS: A potential starting tackle in the NFL.

ARE THE BUCS INTERESTED: The Bucs hosted Williams last week at One Buc Place.

DRAFT VALUE: Williams is considered a mid- or late first-round selection.

SCOUT.COM'S TOM MARINO'S ANALYSIS: An athletic big man with quickness, body control, flexibility and balance. Smart player who comes off the ball, hits up and turns defenders. Good power and finishing skills. Outstanding playing range and ability to adjust on the move at the second level. Not a great finisher but dominated nonetheless. Outstanding balance points, knee and ankle bend. Can control with punch. Outstanding ability to ride defender past the pocket. A round one sure thing.

WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE SAYING:

"Williams relies on finesse moves and his long reach over power. He needs to improve their overall strength and add bulk to handle the demanding task of playing left tackle. Williams might be a better fit at guard early in his career, so as not to expose him against speedy edge rushers. He can mirror the quicker defender in the short area, but he is marginal taking on second-level defenders and needs to improve taking proper angles when working in space. He has the frame to get bigger, but needs to play with more tenacity. He is a smart student, but will miss a few assignments due to mental lapses. With just adequate hip snap, he would be a liability starting at left tackle as a rookie, but he has the makeup, size and desire to improve." — NFLDraftscout.com

"Williams shows the athletic ability to be the first offensive tackle drafted. A smart player with sound technique, he really impressed NFL coaches and GMs at the Senior Bowl. He should be a top-15 pick." — Sportingnews.com.

MATTHEW POSTINS' BOTTOM LINE: Williams was one of the first players I spoke to at the Senior Bowl, so I kept an eye on him all three days I attended workouts. I was impressed with his size and physical play. To me, he didn't seem like a player that had mental lapses or needed to play with more tenacity. He looked plenty tough to me during workouts. Again, I didn't see every Vandy game this year, but I saw his workouts and I liked what I saw. I think he has the goods to be a solid tackle in the NFL, on either side. He certainly isn't as quick as Rutgers' Jeremy Zuttah, a player the Bucs worked out privately last week, but he has plenty of power and probably could make a full-time transition to guard (he played some his sophomore year at Vanderbilt). Again, though, adding the word guard means the Bucs are taking this guy to compete with either Davin Joseph or Arron Sears, and I don't see that happening. If the Bucs take Williams, it will be to compete at left tackle, and given their other significant needs in this draft, I can't see them taking a tackle in the first round. I just can't.


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