A conversation with Dan Williams

It's possible the Jets might look to add a defensive lineman in the first two rounds, and if Tennessee's Dan Williams slips into the 20's, they might be tempted to trade up. With all the attention being paid to Suh and McCoy, Williams isn't getting as much attention as he deserves. He's a heck of a football player, and here is a chat with the standout Volunteer . . .

Q)What is your size?

Williams: 6-2, 327.

Q)Who is your agent?

Williams: Todd France.

Q)What have you heard about where you might go in the first round?

Williams: The only thing I can control is what Dan Williams does. I can't control who ranks who higher or who says who's better. All I can do is out there and perform. All I can really do is kind of worry about Dan Williams and how I perform.

Q)How much did Monte Kiffin, the defensive coordinator at Tennessee last year, teach you about playing at the next level?

Williams: He is helping me out now. I do talk to Coach Kiffin a lot and have question about things. But during the season it is more about what we are doing in college. We never got ahead of ourselves and our goal was Tennessee. He told me after the season we would be able to talk about anything, to call him and ask him anything and he has been true to his world. He has helped me out a lot.

Q)What's your take on DTs Suh and McCoy?

Williams: If you watch those guys on film, they are good players. Those guys do play hard. They are both similar, they are different me… because I can play nose or 3 technique. But I will say, they are some great athletes. I watched Suh on tape and he is a big explosive guy.

Q)Are you making strides as a pass rusher?

Williams: That was an area I was working on in the spring and summer and that's the part of the game I always said I was going to improve on. I guess this year it kind of showed up, it might not have shown up in sacks but if you watch film you will see more pressures and hurries and the quarterback got rid of it right before I got there. I worked on it every day to try and improve and I think my work paid off.

Q)Do you think you are the darkhorse at defensive tackle with Suh and McCoy getting so much hype?

Williams: If you want to say who is better, you can put Dan Williams' film against anybody's film. Look at Suh and McCoy and you tell me who is better. That is my resume and that is what I can go by. So if some guy feels like I am the fifth best DT, I can't control that. But I know what I put on film.

Q)Has Albert Haynesworth helped you at all?

Williams: He gave me some tips. He kind of helped me out a little bit before the season started.

Q)Did Haynesworth set the bar high for defensive tackles from DT?

Williams: Haynesworth and John Henderson. We have guys that come out every year. That is part of the reason I went to Tennessee, for the great tradition of defensive tackles. When I first got there, coach Dan Brooks is a great coach and I think he still is producing good products. The prestige of defensive tackles at Tennessee, it's a long list. One of my goals in going to Tennessee was to add my name to that list.

Q)Do you hold a grudge against Lane Kiffin for leaving UT?

Williams: Being close to some of the guys that are still there, I can understand why those guys are hurt.

But the man got his dream job and I told them if any of you had the opportunity to get your dream job you would have left too. So I have held no grudges at all.

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