2013 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos Select Defensive Tackle Sylvester Williams

By Joe Morrone

The Denver Broncos selected defensive tackle Sylvester Williams with the number 28 pick in the first-round. It is a pick that proves that John Elway and the Broncos are serious when they say they will always take the best player available. Williams was easily the best defensive tackle left on the board at a position of need, and the Broncos grabbed him.

Defensive coordinator, Jack Del Rio loves big defensive tackles and Williams fits that profile. He is 6’3”, 313 pounds and will fit in perfectly to the middle of the Broncos defensive line. He will rotate with Derek Wolfe, Terrance Knighton and Kevin Vickerson at the tackle spot. All three are big tackles who will clog the middle in the running game, and provide a pass rush up the middle.

Williams gets off the ball very quickly and can spilt double teams. He is difficult to move off the line and gets into the backfield quickly on running plays. Williams also has a great motor and doesn’t give up on plays. He was projected by many to go in the top 20 of the first-round and the Broncos got him at number 28.

The Broncos struggled getting a pass rush up the middle in 2012 and Williams is able to collapse the pocket from the tackle position. Williams is raw in spots and he has only started on year in college, but his upside is huge. Del Rio knows what to do with big defensive tackles.

The Broncos wanted to upgrade their defensive line in the draft, and they have done that with Williams. Del Rio’s best defenses with the Jacksonville Jaguars were when he had two big tackles in the middle of the defensive line, the Broncos now have four that they can rotate and keep fresh.

The Williams pick represents a solid day one for the Broncos, look for them to add a cornerback and possibly a running back in the second and third rounds. Stay with Rant Sports through the draft, we will have it covered for you.

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