DRAFT BREAKDOWN: Leonard Williams

Leonard Williams, DT, Southern California

Leonard Williams

Strengths:

  • Killer first step
  • Prototypical 3-4 DE but is more suited to play 4-3 DT
  • Gets after the QB from every position.
  • Hasn’t reached full potential
  • Quick on his feet for a big guy.
  • Biggest threat when lined up in the gap.
  • Hard nosed kid who loves the game.

Weaknesses:

  • Trouble getting off the ball when lined up over a guard or tackle.
  • Sometimes doesn’t play to the whistle.
  • Disappears at times.
  • Motor isn’t always there.
  • Lack of leverage up top
  • For a guy his size, he doesn’t use enough strength moves to get penetration.

Pro comparison: Gerald McCoy. Williams’ skill set and body translates most to Gerald Mccoy in the NFL. I think Williams will serve better as a 4-3 DT much like McCoy and his impact could be compared to what Williams can do. When Williams decides to play to hill full potential he is an unstoppable force and his quickness is unmatched for opposing guards and his strength to throw tackles off of him is a nice trait to have.

Grade: Top 5 Pick

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