Position: Offensive Tackle
Projected 40-Time: 5.25
Star Rating: Grade: 97
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Williams is a versatile, hardworking lineman who has experience playing inside and outside. He’s quick off the line, delivers a strong initial punch, displays patience and easily knocks the opposition of their rush. He’s a dominant drive blocker and shields defenders away from the action in run situations. He’s surprisingly athletic and has quick feet that allow him to get to the second level and seal the inside linebacker. He’s aware of his surroundings and is always looking to hit someone; he works until the whistle. He plays with passion and toughness and is a true team player.
Weaknesses: He has to improve his kick slide coming out of his stance, work on his balance and stop lunging and reaching for the opposition. He lacks the technique and lateral movement to handle speed rushers off the edge and translates best to right tackle at the next level.Steuber Says: A three-year starter at Oklahoma, Williams took over at left tackle this past season for the departing Phil Loadholt (drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the 2009 draft), after spending the previous two seasons at right tackle. Williams is a very good athlete and offers versatility to a team at the next level, but it’s possible that he could fall in the first round because he projects best as a right tackle. In addition to Williams, there are four other offensive tackles (Russell Okung, Anthony Davis, Bryan Bulaga and Bruce Campbell) that will receive high first round attention, and since they all project to be left tackles in the NFL, it’s likely that teams will prefer their services over Williams. Currently, Williams is my No. 2 rated offensive tackle, but Bulaga, Campbell and Davis aren’t too far behind. Even if Williams is the fifth OT off the board in April, he will still be a top 15 selection.
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