Kevin Williams NFL Bio

The official NFL draft bio on defensive end/tackle Kevin Williams, who the Vikings tabbed as the second-best inside pass-rushing presence in the draft.

Kevin Williams
Defensive End/Tackle
Oklahoma State University Cowboys
Fordyce, Arkansas

Has natural muscle tone and a frame that can still add more bulk with no drop-off in quickness…Has the natural strength needed to defeat combo blocks…Hit-&-wrap tackler who stays on his feet and shows good movement knifing down the line…Shows good pursuit agility and has greatly improved his ability to flatten and fold down the line of scrimmage…Best asset is his pursuit-&-chase skills, as he has a quickly closing burst and has developed good counter and secondary moves to defeat blocks…Power pass rusher with the acceleration needed to flush out the quarter- back and track down ball carriers in backside pursuit…Has the long arms and speed to play effectively on the edge…An outstanding player on the defensive side of the football, his coaches rave about his exceptional skills and big-play ability…Became a mainstay on the defensive front and was Oklahoma State's most experienced player along the defensive line, boasting 42 career starts…An effective pass rusher with quickness, not typical in a player with his size, he closed out his career with 160 tackles (109 solos), 18.5 sacks for minus 141 yards, 38 stops for losses of 184 yards, 14 pass deflections and four fumble recoveries.

All-Big Twelve Conference first-team pick by the Associated Press and the league's coaches…Started all year at right defensive tackle…Recorded 61 tackles (49 solos) as he tied for the team lead with seven sacks for minus 49 yards and led the Cowboys with 14 stops for losses of 66 yards…Deflected two passes and had two quarterback pressures.

Louisiana Tech, Northern Iowa and Oklahoma…Made 2 tackles in each game.
Texas Tech and Southern Methodist…Added 3 hits in each contest.
UCLA…Credited with a 7-tackle (4 solos) performance.
Texas…Registered 10 tackles (9 solos), including third-down stops of tailbacks Cedric Benson and Selvin Young.
Baylor and Kansas…Posted 3 tackles and a stop behind the line of scrimmage in each game.
Nebraska…Earned Big Twelve Player of the Week honors as he totaled 10 tackles (9 solos), sacked QB Junior Lord for an 8-yard loss and brought down tailback Dahrran Diedrick for minus 5 yards.
Kansas…Had 3 solo tackles and sacked QB Zach Dyer for an 8-yard loss.
Southern Mississippi (Houston Bowl)…Earned Defensive MVP honors as he registered 7 tackles (6 solos) with 3 sacks for minus 15 yards, 4 stops for losses of 18 yards and a pass deflection.

Started nine games at right defensive tackle, at left end vs. Colorado and came off the bench vs. Baylor…Recorded 36 tackles (17 solos) with two sacks and seven stops for losses of 20 yards…Deflected a pass and had two quarterback pressures.

Southern Mississippi…Sacked QB Jeff Kelly for a 6-yard loss and made 5 tackles (4 solos).
Louisiana Tech…Followed with 2 solo tackles and a 15-yard sack.
Texas A&M…Added 3 tackles as he sacked QB Mark Farris for a 3-yard loss.
Missouri…Assisted on a 4-yard sack.
Iowa State…Totaled 8 tackles with 3 stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Colorado…Delivered 4 tackles and stop tailback Chris Brown for a 5-yard loss.
Baylor…Came back to register 6 tackles (4 solos) with a 2-yard sack in reserve action.
Oklahoma…Recorded 5 tackles (3 solos) as he sacked QB Nate Hybl for a 14-yard loss and stopped tailback Quentin Griffin behind the line of scrimmage on the Sooners' final possession, preserving a 16-13 victory.

Played in every game, starting four of the first five games at right defensive tackle and then shifted to right end for the Colorado, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor contests… Recorded 35 tackles (30 solos) with four sacks for minus 31 yards and seven stops for losses of 35 yards…Deflected six passes and recovered a fumble…Credited with three quarterback pressures.
Southwest Texas…Made 5 tackles and 2 stops for minus 9 yards.
Southern Mississippi…Sacked QB Jeff Kelly for a 7-yard loss.
Missouri…Added 4 hits and a 9-yard sack.
Colorado…Had a season-high 6 tackles, a 9-yard sack and 3 stops for losses of 16 yards.

Freshman All-American third-team selection by The Sporting News…All-Big Twelve Conference third-team pick by the league's coaches…Started every game at right defensive end, recording 28 tackles (14 solos) with two sacks for minus 16 yards and six stops for losses of 29 yards…Deflected two passes and recovered a pair of fumbles.


4.84 in the 40-yard dash…335-pound bench press…34 1/2-inch arm length…8 1/2-inch hands…Right-handed.

Attended Fordyce (Ark.) High…One of the top prospects in the state of Arkansas, playing on both sides of the ball for a 10-2 squad his senior season…On offense, he had nine receptions, including two for touchdowns…On the defensive side, he had 60 total tackles, 20 tackles for loss, five sacks, one fumble recovery for a touchdown and one interception returned for a touchdown…All-State choice who averaged more than 18 points per game in basketball…Coached by Steve Baxley.

General Studies major…Son of Exie Bea and Roy Williams…Born 8/16/80 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas…Resides in Fordyce, Arkansas.

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