The process in preparing for the NFL Draft is a tedious one; it runs from mid-January all the way through late April. In-between that time is the NFL Combine, Pro Days and extra film study, all to make sure you get the best information on who your team selects when the 2013 NFL Draft arrives.
Perhaps one of the players who have risen the most in the past month is North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. Once thought of as a second or third round pick, Williams has risen to be on the first round bubble and has been seen in mock drafts as high as number 18 overall to the Dallas Cowboys.
Positives: Williams has the size, strength and agility to be a difference maker. His first step quickness coupled with his explosiveness strength makes him very difficult to block. He’s consistently in the opponent’s backfield and Williams hustles to chase down the play with great effort. Williams has a variety of pass rushing moves but perhaps the best part about him is that he is scheme diverse. He’s lined up just about everywhere on the defensive line, can play the 1 or 3 technique and even played as a nose tackle without any limitations.
Negatives: His age may scare people since he is 24-years old and he’s only played five years of competitive football. Since Williams is still learning he’s inconsistent with effort and effectiveness at times. While capable of dominating he disappeared in some games, which is frustrating. Technique still needs work and his aggressive first move sometimes takes him out of the play.
Overall: I’ve long been a fan of Sylvester Williams and had thought some team would be getting a steal in the second or third round of the draft. Those days are over but I really like Williams as a prospect. He offers the versatility, size and effort it takes to be a disruptive force along the defensive line. Some NFL coaching could make Williams one of the better defensive players to come out of the 2013 NFL Draft. I think his NFL comparison is Richard Seymour.