Scouting Report: Dan Williams

Written by Will Spencer on April 12, 2010



Dan Williams


Position: DT School: Tennessee
Height: 6’2″ Weight: 327 lbs
Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 5.17

Overall Grade:

6.93

Draft Projection:

Mid-Late 1st Round



Draft Breakdown Red Star Player


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5.5
Speed 8 5.5
Quickness/Agility 10 7
Strength/Explosion 10 9.5
Athletic Ability 8 6
Durability 8 7
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 5.5
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 9.5


Defensive Line Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Run Stopping 8 8
Pass Rushing 8 5.5
Awareness 8 7
Hand Placement 8 7



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Analysis

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.

Experience

Williams became a starter at the end of the 2007 season and started ever since.

Awards and Honors

2009: Second-team All-SEC selection.
2008: n/a
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Legal studies major at Tennessee.

Injuries

Suffered minor ankle injury in 2008 but did not miss a game due to injury.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 62 30 32 2 0 0 0
2008 49 23 26 1 0 0 0
2007 40 15 25 2 0 0 0
2006 2 1 1 1 0 0 0






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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.