Prospect Profile: Dan Williams's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams inside.

Dan Williams
School: Tennessee
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6-2
Weight: 327
Projected 40-Time: 5.20

Star Rating: Grade: 92
Draft Projection: 1st - 2nd Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of February 1st) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

Williams is a strong presence in the middle, but has to be more consistent.
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Strengths: Williams is a powerful defensive player who can control the flow in the trenches. He’s a premier interior force that displays explosion off the snap, plays with leverage and bull rushes opponents up the field. He flashes quickly to the action, immediately alters his angle of attack and chases the action from behind. He uses his size to his advantage, disengages cleanly and wraps up ball carriers on initial contact. He displays a solid repertoire of moves getting off blocks.

Weaknesses: He plays with an inconsistent motor and doesn’t give you maximum effort at all times. He has to use his hands better and can’t always rely on his strength. He has to work on his conditioning; he tends to wear down as the game progresses.

Steuber Says: A three-year starter at Tennessee, Williams is an impressive force in the trenches. He has a world of talent and he shows it off on many occasions, but there are times where it appears he takes plays off. The team that selects him will have to get on him about his conditioning and intensity, because if he wants to play, he can be a force. He’s a perfect fit for a 3-4 defense and will likely hear his name called on draft day much earlier than it should.

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