Carolina Panthers Sophomore Spotlight: Daryl Williams

The Carolina Panthers drafted Daryl Williams in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Is the former Oklahoma Sooner ready to step into the starting lineup in 2016?

The Carolina Panthers made two trades during the 2015 NFL Draft, the second to move up in the fourth round to select Daryl Williams out of the University of Oklahoma.

Before the Carolina Panthers

Daryl Williams redshirted his first year with the Sooners in 2010 and appeared in nine games in 2011, including one start according to his bio on Soonersports.com. However, in 2012 was his first opportunity to see extended playing time and started the first 10 games before his season was cut short by a knee injury.

In 2013, he started almost the entire season at right tackle and earned All-Big12 Second Team honors before moving to left tackle in the Sugar Bowl that season. During his final season as a Sooner, he was named to the All-Big 12 First Team after starting every game at right tackle.

What the Analysts Said

Williams is a competitive player with all the football character you want and NFL power to match. When he gets defenders lined up in his sweet spot, he can drive them out of the play. Winning with guile and toughness over skill, Williams' lack of functional athleticism is a concern and might be a catalyst for a move inside to guard.

-Lance Zierlin, NFL.com

He may not possess the exciting upside of some of the more athletic tackle prospects in this class but scouts will find Williams' length, power and experience in a pro-style offense easy to project to the next level. Williams has the look of a plug and play right tackle in the NFL, which is likely to earn him a top 50 selection.

-Dane Brugler/Rob Rang, CBSSports.com

The better of the two starting senior Oklahoma tackles, Williams has the skill-set to develop into an NFL starter, likely on his college right tackle spot. His kick slide needs ample work, and he plays too high at times thanks to his focus on dominating with his hands. However, he can be a mauler once engaged, finishing to the ground initially and having success at the second level. His ability to immediately contribute in the run game and his coachable issues as a pass protector could lead him to rise up in terms of his draft grade if he can improve in 2014.

-Eric Galko, Optimum Scouting

2015 Season

The first season for Williams with the Panthers was uneventful. The expectation entering his rookie season was that he would be competing for the starting job with Mike Remmers.

However, the veteran was able to hold onto his starting job and Williams suffered a knee injury in the first week of the 2015 season. This set him behind Remmers and he was regulated to the backup tackle spot for his rookie year.

2016 Season

Once again Williams should be competing for that starting right tackle job with Remmers and this could be the year that he earns the starting job. The fact that he is an excellent run blocker and is as powerful as he is will help him in this training camp battle.

If he is not able to move up the depth chart, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him at least rotate into games at right tackle. In 2014, the coaching staff rotated rookie Trai Turner into the starting lineup and this could be a similar situation for Williams.

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