Scouting Report: Kyle Williams

Since his sophomore season, Kyle Williams has been the steadfast anchor in the middle of L.S.U.'s potent defense. Williams started 33 games in college and registered a whopping 166 tackles, including 26 for loss with 16.5 sacks (11th in school history).

In 2005, Williams was named First-Team All-American by and Second-Team All-American by the Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation. He was also voted First-Team All-SEC by the AP and Second-Team All-SEC by the SEC Coaches. Williams was the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after recording 11 tackles and two sacks against Alabama on Nov. 13.

The AP also selected Williams for Second-Team All-SEC honors as a junior.

Ability - Kyle Williams is one of the most fundamentally sound players in the draft. On tape, it is sometimes difficult to find a flaw in his game.

Williams' initial explosion and his ability to get underneath the pads of his opponent is the first thing you'll notice when studying his game. At just over six feet tall, he's built low to the ground, giving him a natural advantage when attempting to gain leverage. Couple that with a quick first step, and it's obvious why he's so disruptive.

What's almost equally impressive is the way he's able to keep on his feet and stay upright. While he's driving his legs and pushing his opponent into the backfield, he displays exceptional balance and rarely loses his footing.

This is very tough to do with all the pushing, pulling and change of direction that transpires on every play. It's 10 times as difficult in the middle of the field. Players on their backs can't make tackles, so this is an attribute that shouldn't be overlooked or ignored.

Unlike some defensive linemen, Williams doesn't get so involved with his individual battle that he takes himself out of the play. Even when attempting to fight through a double team, Williams keeps his head up to locate the football. He is one of the few defensive tackles in the draft that plays with the ball awareness of a linebacker.

Beyond his technique, Williams is a relentless player that never stops. You'll never see him out-worked or out-hustled. He chases down ball carriers to make tackles all over the field.

This also carries over to his pass-rush abilities, as he rips, clubs and spins to the point that his arms are a blur. He's as tenacious a player as you'll find.

Personality-wise, Williams is a vocal team leader with a nasty disposition on the field. He's tough, fearless and expects his teammates to carry themselves in the same fashion.

The only downside to Williams might be his lack of size. An NFL player with his skill and body type is usually at their best when weighing 315 to 320 pounds.

Forecast - Williams should be a solid starter as a rookie and will fit in best with a team that uses a three-man tackle rotation in a 4-3 defense. Though talented enough to play anywhere on the interior defensive line, he'll probably be most effective as a one-gap player.

Once he's had time to flourish in an NFL strength and conditioning program, he'll be able to handle full-time snaps in any gap or alignment he chooses.

With Williams' ability to play the zero and one technique it is possible an NFL team might chose to add 25 or 30 pounds to his frame and convert him to nose tackle. While it would would take a year or two for this transformation to take place, his team could end up with a player like Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton. For this reason, a few teams that run 3-4 defenses will have Williams on their radar.

Campbell's Personal Notes- Every time I've seen Williams on film he's done nothing but dominate. In my opinion he is one of the most grossly underrated players in this year's draft. On my personal value board, he's the third-rated defensive tackle and carries a late first round to early second round grade. If he falls to the third round like many are expecting I'll be shocked.

Tale of the Tape -

College: L.S.U.

Class: Senior

Position: Defensive Tackle

Birthdate: 06/10/83

Height: 6'1''

Weight: 300lbs

Yard Dash: 5.18

10 Yard Dash: 1.77

225lb Bench Press: 32 reps

Vertical Jump: 27.5''

Broad Jump: 8'3''

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.56 Top Stories