NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jesse Williams

Posted by | Feb 11, 2013 | -

By Eric Stoner, Bleacher Report:
Jesse Williams’ profile started growing last summer, when he released the above picture of him bench pressing 600 pounds. His combination of length and upper body strength, his quick and heavy hands, and his impressive athleticism have made him one of the most important players on the Crimson Tide defense over the last two years. While he isn’t quite the athlete Marcel Dareus was coming out, he is a much more fluid and explosive defensive line prospect than Terrence Cody was. His measurements will not be official until after the combine, but Alabama has him listed at 6’4″, 320 pounds.

Williams is a two-year starter with no known character issues. Williams played nose tackle as a senior and defensive end as a junior in Alabama’s 3-4 defense and has experience playing both one-gap and two-gap techniques. He also played fullback in short-yardage and goal-line situations. Williams’ main contributions as a pass-rusher comes in overpowering his man and collapsing the quarterback’s inside space. He does not have a set of moves to rely on and instead tries to get under his man and bull rush him. He does have success as a pass-rusher due to his ability to disengage with strength and his surprising closing burst. He flashes an impressive first step off the snap and displays the lateral agility to run twist stunts (and could probably handle dropping into short zones in coverage). [More]

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