Kevin Williams: What Others Are Saying

What others are saying about defensive tackle Kevin Williams.

Notes: Redshirted in 1998. Played every game the last four seasons and started 42-of-46. Had 28 tackles, six tackles for loss and two sacks in '99, when he started every game. Recorded 35-7-4 in 2000 and 36-11-5 in '01, when his only nonstart was because of an ankle injury. Started 13-of-13 games in '02, making 61-14-7. Was a lesser-known heading into the Senior Bowl, but he left Mobile as one of the hottest names.

Positives: Good hands, athletic ability, quickness and speed. Plays hard, shows some burst and closes on the quarterback. Good worker and leader. Long, 34?:-inch arms. Is coming on and also can play defensive end in some schemes. Modest, yet confident in his ability.

Negatives: Gets neutralized and struggles shedding blocks. Plays too tall, loses leverage and has average lateral movement, rush skills and athletic ability. Is stiff and not sudden, plays without much knee bend and gets out of position with inside pass-rush moves. Average leverage, strength, production and football intelligence.

Summary: Undersized tackle with the speed to play end, he should be one of the top 10 defensive linemen drafted, and could be a first-rounder.

A rising performer all year, Williams has seen his stock elevate as the Oklahoma State program has emerged as one of the better defensive units in the Big 12, if not the nation … While his individual number might not suggest it, Williams was a vital cog in the Cowboys' back-to-back upsets of in-state rival Oklahoma. He has shown over his career in Stillwater that he comes up big in the key games, and doesn't shy away from the top competition. He started the year under the radar, but his performance merited positive comments throughout 2002, and the number of those taking notice grew steadily during his senior campaign. He is quick and physically gifted from a talent perspective -- there are few peers when you compare him to others on a physical level. Williams is a productive 300-pound tackle, not just someone used to clog the interior and take up space. Down in Mobile he emerged as one of the top two or three players at the Senior Bowl practices. There is no question that over the last eight months he improved his draft position as much as any top echelon prospect available this year.

Vs. the run: Is durable and experienced. Is quick, explosive, powerful and athletic. Is a one-gap penetrator with improved size. Still lacks great bulk. Plays too high, losing power, at times. Must use hands better to disengage blockers. Finds the ball quickly once through the line, and is athletic enough to change directions and chase it. Can be extremely disruptive. Grade: 8.3.

Pass rush: Is an athletic, quick and explosive pass rusher. Changes directions quickly in the backfield. Shows above-average burst to the quarterback. Is a powerful tackler with good pop. Has some big-play flair. However, lacks power-rush moves. Must use hands better to disengage blockers. Grade: 8.0.

Initial quickness: Shows good initial burst off the snap. Is at his best in one-gap situations. Gets consistent penetration because of anticipation and quick first step. Grade: 8.4.

Run/pass recognition: Has terrific diagnostic skills. Locates the ball quickly once through the line. Changes directions and pursues better than most defensive tackles. Grade: 8.3.

Pursuit/tackling: Has excellent chase ability; has the speed and agility of a defensive end. Makes a lot of plays on the move, and changes directions quickly. Is a solid tackler with good short-area power. Grade: 8.2.

Bottom line: Williams was a durable, productive starter for four seasons at Oklahoma State. He is a hustling, athletic tackle who improved his draft value with a strong senior season -- he also added nearly 20 pounds in the last year but maintained his agility and explosiveness. Williams could play a one-gap defensive tackle position or move to end -- or rotate between both spots.

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