NFL Top 100 Players 2013: Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams at No. 96

By Dan Parzych
(Mark Konezny/USA Today Sports)

Nobody knew what to expect from Mario Williams in his first season with the Buffalo Bills, but believe it or not–the former No. 1 pick had one of his best seasons since 2008 from a statistical standpoint with 10.5 sacks.

Williams left one of the up and coming defenses in the league in Houston to join Buffalo and even though last year was a disappointment, the potential is certainly there for the Bills heading into the 2013 season. This team made numerous changes during the offseason from quarterback to head coach, but everybody knows their best chance of competing in the AFC East is going to come down to defense–which is why expectations will be high for Williams once again.

There was a reason why Williams was selected as the top pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and now that the pressure of his first year in Buffalo is under his belt–he should feel more comfortable heading into the 2013 season. When healthy, Williams has always proven to be one of the most dangerous defenders in the league as his size gives him a huge advantage over most opponents and whether or not the Bills are able to contend may heavily rely on his shoulders.

Over the last couple of seasons, the Bills have known to get off to hot starts and look like contenders before falling apart–so there’s no reason why they can’t compete in 2013. Buffalo realizes how lucky they were to land a player as talented as Williams prior to last season and don’t be surprised if he’s one of the top defenders once again next year.

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