Written by John Owning on January 31, 2015
Every year there are small-school prospects who stand out at East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl practices. These players prove that they can compete and beat players who come from top-tier programs and have played much better competition.
This year, the small-school player who really stood out was Northern Iowa defensive tackle Xavier Williams.
A huge key for small-school players is that they have a ton of production against the lesser competition. If he can’t put up numbers against subpar competition, what chance does he have any sort of production in the NFL? Nevertheless, that is not a question you have to ask in regards to Williams as he produced at a high level at UNI. He finished his senior year with 93 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 8 sacks, which is really remarkable for a defensive tackle of his size.
Standing in at 6-foot-2 and 320 pounds with 33.5-inch (read more…)