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2010 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Dan Williams

  • Dan Williams, 6-2/327

  • Nose Tackle

  • Tennessee

  • Dan Williams Scouting Report
    By Matt McGuire

  • Good height and outstanding bulk/strength
  • Powerful and can collapse pocket
  • Controls point of attack
  • Plays with low base
  • Anchors the double team
  • True force against the run
  • Athletic
  • Makes plays outside phone booth
  • Sniffs out counters and misdirection
  • Quick and nimble
  • Difficult to block once he gets under an offensive lineman's pads
  • Good job of stacking and shedding blockers
  • Solid awareness
  • Can play 0 or 1 techniques (3-4 or 4-3 nose tackle)
  • Nice amount of potential

  • Tends to wear down in second half
  • Not always as physical as you want him to be
  • Lacks flexibility and speed
  • Not a pass rusher
  • No move outside of bull rush
  • One-year wonder possibility
  • Mediocre work ethic in past

    Summary: Monte Kiffin and Ed Orgeron really motivated Williams this past season and you worry if he will maintain his level of play on the field and in practice once he gets paid. He's a prototypical nose tackle, and with an impressive Senior Bowl and postseason workouts, he could sky rocket up draft boards into the top 20 picks. He'll be a great fit for teams like Miami, Cincinati, Houston, Denver, San Diego and Minnesota. Williams is an intriguing talent in a below-average defensive tackle class and is my No. 1 ranked nose tackle.

    Player Comparison: Domata Peko. Peko is a dominant 1-technique for the Bengals and is a true force against the run, but not much of a pass rusher.


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