Scouting Report: Dan Williams
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Defensive Line Specific Categories
Very stout against the run. Keeps his base wide and uses his lower body strength to anchor the defensive line. Rarely is handled with one blocker. Keeps his eyes up and finds the ball carrier. A sound tackler. Has a good initial punch and extends his arms, keeping the blockers at bay. Great leverage and body control. Shows good pursuit and lateral movement when the ball goes to the outside. Has a nice bull rush and can collapse the pocket.
Will get tired and begin to stand straight up out of his stance. Conditioning may be an issue. Isn’t a quick defensive lineman and has a below average first step. Not a gap shooter. Will look a little lazy and sloppy once he’s winded. Doesn’t have a wide array of pass rushing moves.
Williams is an excellent interior defensive lineman that will make a very good nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. He anchors well, locks his arms out and can identify the ball carrier. Though he could play in a 4-3 defense, his best fit is probably as a nose in the 3-4 due to his lack of quickness and relatively slow first step. Williams is very technically sound and 3-4 teams will certainly value him higher on their board than other teams.
Williams became a starter at the end of the 2007 season and started ever since.
Awards and Honors
2009: Second-team All-SEC selection.
Legal studies major at Tennessee.
Suffered minor ankle injury in 2008 but did not miss a game due to injury.
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