Much like fellow Sooners offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson, Daryl Williams is a very athletic blocker with excellent open field quickness, making him one of the best at pulling from the tackle position in the college game. He is fluid in his kick slide and has good quickness out of his stance to lock on and control vs. a lethargic defender.
Even when he is occasionally late off the snap, Williams shows the pad level and balance, keeping his hands inside his frame while working to gain advantage. He has good suddenness working into the second level, demonstrating the alertness in the passing game to slide his feet and mirror edge rushers with no wasted motion.
After first appearing in nine games as a reserve tackle during his true freshman season in 2011, Williams started the first ten games on the 2012 schedule before missing three contests with a knee injury. He lined up at right tackle for the first 12 games on the 2013 schedule before moving to left tackle for the Sugar Bowl clash vs. Alabama.
He earned second-team All-Big Twelve Conference honors after posting 61 knockdowns and ten touchdown-resulting blocks as a junior. In 2014, Williams remained at right tackle all season, as the All-Big Twelve first-team choice and squad captain collected 91 knock-downs and led the way on 17 touchdown-resulting runs.
Williams has a big frame that is still developing and could add another fifteen pounds of bulk. He is high cut, with a thick chest, good arm length and long legs. Much like former Sooners offensive tackle, Lane Johnson, Williams has very good quickness for a player his size and can consistently clock under 5.0 in the 40-yard dash. He shows good agility coming out of his stance and the low pad level with good hip snap to change direction fluidly when redirecting in pass protection.
Because of his foot speed, Williams displays good ability to play in space. He plays with good knee bend and flexibility for a player his height. He is a solid leverage player with the ability to play with a wide base. He has the lateral movement and feet to do a stellar job moving on pulls and traps and getting into the second level It is rare to see him over-extend, especially conscious of keeping his feet on the move. He demonstrates good balance and it is rare to see him over-extend on the play.
Williams is very effective at playing on his feet and uses his hands well to lock on and control the defender, thanks to playing with a wide base. He has worked hard to get stronger (29 reps) and you will always see him bring his feet and it is rare to see him lunge on the play. He just does a solid job of sticking and staying with his man, as he works hard to finish once engaged. With his low pad level, he is effective at generating the functional leg drive needed to plow a smaller defender into the ground.
Williams is a good mauler who knows how to use his size to take over blocks, lock on and grind it out with the more physical defenders. Along with his positioning technique, he does a solid job of using his size to take over defenders, lock on to them and grind it out until the whistle. While he can just defeat defenders with his brute strength, he also shows good hand usage and a physical punch.
The Sooner has the ability to wall off and screen edge players, thanks to improved base power, in order to finish at the next level. With his explosion and quickness, he can generate enough pop on contact to surprise an opponent. He is really a technically sound blocker when he plays with a flat back to get movement at the point of attack.
The thing you see on film is the success he has in the second level, as he has a good concept for taking proper angles to screen and wall off. When he keeps his pads down, he can gain movement on contact, but he gets most of his success for the ground game as a cut-&-reach blocker.
Williams has the balance and foot speed to take on edge rushers and protect the pocket. He keeps his head on a swivel (used to put his head down, at times) and displays the initial quickness and hand technique work in his pass set to get under and lock on to a defender’s jersey. He has a strong base for pass protection, along with recovery quickness and slide agility to stay in front of the edge rushers.
The thing I like is his ability to sink his hips, slide and shuffle his feet and recoil his hands quick enough to generate another punch. His ability to sustain blocks on the move is the result of his consistency in keeping a relationship on the defender he is blocking. He plays flat-footed and flashes very good ability to change direction and recover.
Daryl Williams NFL Scouting Combine measurable
6-5/327 (5.34 forty)
35-inch arm length
9 3/4-inch hands
26-inch vertical jump
97-inch broad jump
5.15 20 yard shuttle
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