Senior Bowl Q&A: DT Dan Williams

Tennessee DT Dan Williams hears he might be a first-round pick, but he's telling himself to stay hungry like a seventh-rounder. He discussed the feedback he's getting, what he's out to prove and who is giving him advice.

Q: What's the experience been like for you?

I've really been enjoying every minute of it. Just being invited to the Senior Bowl is an honor and I'm just glad to be here. Just to be chosen to play in this game is a great honor and I'm just trying to showcase my skills, show the scouts what I can do.

Q: Which teams have you met with so far?

I met with the San Diego Chargers, the Green Bay Packers, the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs. It's been a lot of meeting. I've been making sure I meet up with everybody and just make sure I continue to let everybody meet Dan Williams on the different side, off the football field. Hopefully I can impress one of these teams.

Q: What sort of feedback are you getting from them?

They said I had a good day of practice and just try to continue to get better every day and show them something different. I'm going to try to do my best to do that and impress these guys every day.

Q: What exactly do you think you need to show them to raise your draft stock?

Probably pass rush. I think pass rush is one of the things they really watch for me. I guess my film from past seasons probably really shows I can stop the run. I'm really improving on my pass rush and I really want to show these guys I can rush the passer.

Q: Has that been a focus of offseason training for you?

It definitely has. My junior year when I was thinking about coming out, I know that was one area I really needed to work on before I came out. I think I improved for the most part and I'm going to continue to work on it.

Q: Any NFL alumni or current players that you get advice from?

I talked to Jerod Mayo all the time and I talk to Jason Allen, just trying to get advice how the league will be. These guys have been through it before. I really helps me out. I guess most recently Robert Ayers, who had a good showing here last year. I probably talked to him the most, just trying to get advice about moves and stuff to use. He also told me how important the Senior Bowl was helping him out last year. He said just go out there and showcase your skills and show people you know how to play football.

Q: What is going to be the most difficult part of the transition for you to make it to that next level?

I feel like everybody is great in the NFL. They are the best football players in the world. I guess I kind of view it like when you come from high school to college. You have to get used to the game. When you come from high school, the college game is so fast and the NFL is even faster. I'm going to try to go there and try to get used to the speed of the game. Hopefully I can contribute to somebody next season.

Q: Who has impressed you among the offensive linemen you've gone against?

I battled against him earlier in the season, but I guess it would be John Jerry. In practice I've been fighting him real hard. He had a low back and was still driving his feet. He was still trying to drive me, even after the whistle. Me and him, we had our battles before in the games. We're going to continue here and try to get each other better every day in these Senior Bowl practices.

Q: Are you getting a feel for what round you might be drafted in?

A lot of guys, they talk, but I don't listen. Some people say first or late first. Some people say first or early second round. I don't try to listen to them too much. I'm just trying to stay hungry. I hear everybody say you want to go in the top 15, but that doesn't matter to me. I just want to stay hungry like I'm going in the seventh round and I want to impress these guys every day.

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