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2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jesse Williams

  • Jesse Williams, 6-3/323

  • Defensive Tackle

  • Alabama

  • Jesse Williams Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Good athlete
  • Decent bull rush
  • Powerful upper body
  • Can destroy single blocks
  • Hard to move off line of scrimmage
  • Constantly fills his gap
  • Good fit as a zero-technique in a 3-4
  • Plays with good pad level
  • Scheme versatility
  • Experienced

  • Weaknesses:
  • Zero pass-rush ability
  • Top heavy
  • Shedding blocks
  • Weak against double teams
  • Short arms (32.08)
  • Has quiet stretches
  • Already had one concussion

  • Summary: The Alabama Crimson Tide have featured a tough, physical defense comprised of maulers at the line of scrimmage. Williams was one of those defenders who did the dirty work for Alabama's defense. The powerful defensive tackle was part of a tough run defense that controlled the SEC.

    Originally from Australia, Williams didn't start playing football until he was 15 years old. Williams then played a couple seasons of community college before breaking into the lineup for Alabama as a junior. He had 24 tackles with four tackles for a loss and half a sack in 2011. Williams was a starting five-technique defensive end but moved inside to tackle as part of a four-man front in pass-rushing situations.

    Williams took on a larger role in 2012. The senior had a rough start to the season as he was limited against Michigan in Week 1 and sat out the next game, against Western Kentucky, with a concussion. Williams played better later in the year with good performances versus Texas A&M, LSU, Georgia and Notre Dame. He had 37 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and one sack in 2012.

    Scouts told that they believe Williams is not deserving of a first-round pick because he doesn't have any pass-rush ability. They felt that he projects as a 3-4 nose tackle, 3-4 defense end or a 4-3 nose guard. In all three of those roles, Williams could be asked to eat up double-teams, especially if he is lining up on the inside of the defensive line.

    Sources felt that Williams is supposed to be a two-gap defender in the NFL. Tackles like that are regularly assigned to stuff and eat up double-teams. Scouts said Williams really struggled against double-teams in college and they were able to have success against him. Scouts said that Williams can whip a single block, but they have concerns that he can hold up against doubles in the NFL.

    One team that could consider Williams views him as a second-day pick. However, their scouts said they weren't fans of him. They felt that he is top heavy with some thin legs and that could be an issue in the NFL. They also didn't like that he is tight athletically with zero pass-rush ability.

    Williams needs to get better at holding his ground against double-teams, especially bump blocks that are a lot more powerful in the NFL than they are in college. If Williams can develop the ability to hold his ground against double-teams, he should turn into a tough physical presence at the point of attack. Against a single block, Williams should be a tough run-defender who causes problems up the middle.

    Williams has the potential to be a good run-stuffer at the next level, but doesn't offer much of anything as a pass-rusher. He looks like a two-down player, at most, as a pro and with the amount of nickel formations teams run, may only end up playing 40 percent of his defense's snaps.

    Some project Williams to be a late first-round pick, but with his lack of pass-rush ability he looks better suited to be second- or third-round pick.

    Player Comparison: Sione Pouha. If Williams pans out in the NFL, he could be a player comparable to Pouha. Pouha has been a quality nose tackle since being selected by the Jets in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Williams is just about identical in his measurements to Pouha (6-3, 325), and both players are physical at the point of attack. If Williams continues to improve his game, he could excel like Pouha.

    NFL Matches: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, New England

    There are a number of teams that could target Williams. The Chiefs could use more talent for their defensive line and could consider Williams if he makes it to their third-round pick.

    The Eagles have switched to a 3-4 defense and could use more linemen for that scheme. Williams also fits Chip Kelly's desire to get bigger and more physical on defense.

    The Colts have Williams' former teammate Josh Chapman and could think of adding Williams to their defensive line if he is available when they select in the third round.

    Pittsburgh released Casey Hampton this offseason and could use another nose tackle option. Williams would make a lot of sense going to the Steelers on the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft.

    Green Bay could use more help on its defensive line and Williams is a nice scheme fit in the team's 3-4.

    The Patriots need some youth at defensive tackle and have drafted players like Williams in the past. Plus, Vince Wilfork is getting older. Williams could occupy blockers to try and free up New England's linebackers.

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    wait a cotton picking minute 02-14-2014 01:07 am (total posts: 1)
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    those southern boys have skill speed and talent but they are about as dumb as a sack of door knobs.

    Mora 10-10-2013 01:54 pm (total posts: 1)
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    hello ms kat! ngayon ko lang po ulit naadlaw itong blog nyo. at ngayon ko lang nabasa yung sagot nyo na yon. wala po ako masabi super nosebleed. hehehe pero nasagot nman ng maayos yung question nya.ask ko lang po naka-deac po ba yung fb account nyo? miz ko na syang bisitahin. tsaka klan po yung release ni rys this may po ba?
    Gleyson 06-21-2013 09:07 am (total posts: 1)
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    don't you love the sudden rise in green bay fans????? and then they say it was a bowuolt not at all was that game a blow out if we scored a touchdown we would've won so idk how that's a bowuolt like if you agree with me
    Soujoud 06-20-2013 04:53 am (total posts: 1)
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    Basically, there are different dinivioss and most college football fans only care about Division I-A, which is known as the FBS. Other dinivioss are Div. I-AA (FCS), Div II and Div III. The FBS has six major conferences ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Big East, Pac-10, SEC. The conferences are, more or less, regionally divided/decided, i.e. most Big Ten teams are in the Midwest, most SEC teams are in the Southeast, etc. The team from these conferences that win the conference get automatic bids to BCS bowl games at the end of the season, and other teams from any FBS school can qualify for other less prestigious bowl games if they win 6 or 7 games out of 12 or 13 (no more than one win can come from a non-FBS school, or else you have to win 7). Usually, teams win their conference by winning a conference championship game at the end of the regular season, i.e. before bowl games. After the six big conference winners are picked, there are a few spots left in BCS bowl games that go to other teams ranked highly, often in the top 8. And there is a BCS championship game that has to take the teams ranked #1 and #2 in the BCS poll. There are five other FBS conferences Sun Belt, C-USA, MAC, MWC, WAC. And then independent teams that are not part of a conference. In theory, any team can play another one in one of 3-4 non-conference games. But in practice, it's about money and competition. Some teams don't want to schedule good teams non-conference. Also, FBS teams never really schedule outside of Division I. If you like USC, support USC. It's not really up to anyone else to tell you which team to support. But in the US, rooting interests usually are decided by what school the fan attended, i.e. I attended Michigan and am a Michigan fan, or where the fan is from.
    dave dorger 04-27-2013 05:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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    He plays a lot like another guy exactly the same size.....oh, what was his name....Terrell Davis or something or other. I wonder how that guy did in the NFL.
    You don't know your stuff very well.. 04-11-2013 11:32 am (total posts: 1)
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    LETHAL? gore, lethal in the passing game? really?
    FUNNYMAN4WI 04-11-2013 03:44 am (total posts: 1)
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    I think Jones is going to be a very good player in the NFL, very versatile. That's why I don't like the Jeff Saturday comparison. Saturday only played center. Barrett Jones can play any offensive line position. A better comparison would be Seattle Seahawk Max Unger.
    T.C. 04-10-2013 11:33 am (total posts: 1)
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    Jones is the Type of Player any Coach would want on his Team and I would love to see him on the Bucs.

    He will be a 12-15 Year NFL Player & will go to Multiple Pro-Bowls. He will be a Steal in the 2nd Round and an Ultimate Steal if slips into the 3rd!
    Lions koolaid 04-05-2013 08:58 am (total posts: 1)
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    I wish my detroit football lions would select both alabama interior offensive linemen high in this draft warmack in the first then jones in the second watch out league here comes the real reggie bush
    know my stuff 03-31-2013 04:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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    He doesnt remind me of frank gore at all. Gore is lethal in the passing game and lacy wont be. Lacy is alot more like michael turner before being banged up
    Charles Rouleau 03-22-2013 12:49 am (total posts: 1)
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    Make up your mind on his size. Top says 6-0 200 bottom says 5-11 190. Those are big differences to some.I think 5-11 190 is Joe Hadens size.
    SirA 03-21-2013 11:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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    There's even a very good article about why the Lions won't draft Milliner.

    I'm glad Charlie also realizes this.
    This -> 03-21-2013 08:55 am (total posts: 1)
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    "However, Detroit selected a lot of corners in the middle rounds last year, so the team could target the offensive line or defensive line instead of Milliner. Martin Mayhew hasn't shown an inclination to draft cornerbacks in the first round over linemen."

    I wish every other mock drafter realized, like you, that the Lions are already okay going into next year at CB and they value the trenches a lot more. It seems like mocking a CB to the Lions has become a national tradition the past few years.


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