Chargers Draft: Kevin Williams

With a help from our friends at TFY Draft Preview, we take a look at all the players the Chargers have shown interest in, dating back to Senior Bowl workouts. This list is based on observations at workouts, interviews with the players themselves, and published articles. Over the course of the next few weeks we will look at each player individually and take a peak at how they can help the Chargers in 2003 and the future. First up, defensive tackle Kevin Williams.

Kevin Williams
Defensive tackle
Oklahoma State
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 303
Bench: 23 reps
Body Fat: 14.4%
40 times: 4.96 and 5.02
Broad Jump: 9-45/9-4

"An explosive defensive lineman, Oklahoma State's Kevin Williams in unheralded but has potential at either tackle of end in the NFL and is one of those prospects that may quickly surprise at the next level." Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview

Williams has a future in the NFL as either a tackle or end and has a surprising up field burst. He has an exceptional first step and can shed double team blocks. He had an impressive Senior Bowl week and may have had the best week of any performer at any position. He quickly followed that up with a solid Combine showing and has cemented himself in the middle of round one in the NFL Draft.

Williams had 61 tackles in 2002 and 14 of those were stuffs, or tackles for a loss. He also added 7 sacks. In 2001 he had 36 tackles, 11 for a loss and five sacks.

With the Chargers looking for a tackle that can collapse the pocket he may be the perfect choice. Some say he may start at end while he bulks up some but he showed he can play the tackle position now.

He would fit the Chargers need as a first round pick. Many believe the Chargers will look at defensive tackle with their first pick, and much depends on how the board plays itself out. General Manager John Butler believes in picking the best available and if Williams is there he may be the best available option after Marcus Trufant of Washington State. There is certain to be a run on defensive tackles in round one of the Draft, and none of the upper tier will be available come round two.

The Chargers struggled mightily after Jamal Williams went down with an injury. Over the last two years they are 11-4 with him in the lineup and 2-15 without him in the lineup. What makes him so special is the constant double-teams he commands along the interior of the line. This frees up the talented Chargers linebackers, and also takes away the potential of doubling ends Ray Lee Johnson and Marcellus Wiley. He is by no means a pass rusher, but what he does so well is stuff the run and continually opens holes for others to make plays. The difference can be seen when he is out of the lineup as evidenced by the record above.

Now imagine two interior defensive linemen who could at any time require a double team to silence. The ends would be able to play freely and the inside would cave in as one of the Williams' would be left in single coverage. The run defense would improve and the linebackers would be able to run free over the line and get into the backfield quicker to make stops.

Jamal, as Kevin, is a product of Oklahoma State and the camaraderie between the two would be instantaneous. Jason Fisk may be a solid role player but Kevin Williams would immediately give the interior of the line a formidable presence.

The Chargers first showed interest in Kevin during Senior Bowl week, and that interest has not swayed, in fact it has been made stronger as Kevin continues to excel in his workouts.

Special thanks to Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview who contributed to this report.

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