Sunday, December 30, 2012
Prospect Profile: DT/NT Jesse Williams - Alabama
Name: Jesse Williams
Height: 6' - 4"
Weight: 320 lbs.
Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
DOB: November 2, 1990 (22 years old)
High School: Cavendish Road (Queensland, Australia)
2012 Sr. Year: 36 total tackles (7 solo), 2.5 TFLs, 1.0 sacks, 2 PBUs, 2 PDs, 4 QBHs, 1 blocked kick. 2012 2nd Team All-SEC. Williams has endured another season as a keystone in the middle of the Crimson Tide defense. Excelling in his role at pushing the pocket, and demanding double teams. Suffered a right knee injury during the SEC Championship game, but by all accounts will fight through any pain in the BCS National Championship vs. Notre Dame.
2011 Jr. Year: 24 total tackles (10 solo), 4.0 TFLs, 0.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 PD, 3 QBHs. Played 5 technique DE and 4 man DT on passing downs. Proceeded to stuff the run and push the pocket in his first year of major college football at Tuscaloosa.
2009-2010 Fr.-So Years: Was ranked the No. 2 in the Rivals.com JUCO top 50 by his final year at Arizona Western College. 30 tackles in only 7 games with 6 TFLs and 2 sacks. Defensive line yielded only 49 rushing yards per game. Two time All-Region I selection and named to the All-Western States team at WACC.
Australia: Began playing football at age 14. Played for Cavendish Road State High School and then on to the Bayside Ravens and the Queensland Sun Devils.
2012 Sr. Year Highlights:
2011 Jr. Year Highlights:
Fr. - So. Year Highlights (Arizona Western CC):
- Well balanced game, very football aware and flows to the football quickly
- Plays run and pass well
- Strong upper body, can dominate with leverage (600 lb. bench press)
- Very spirited and strong willed player, fights to the whistle
- Comes from an athletic rugby/basketball background growing up in Australia
- Snap anticipation and first step
- Tackles well, good hip explosion
- Still learning football, has room to grow as a player
- Versatile defensive lineman who can play a solid nose or a 4-3 set
- Needs to improve leg strength
- Needs to continue to develop body, lose some fat, get leaner
- Doesn't finish games as well as he starts them
- Inconsistent leverage
- Feet can drift, and can lose anchor vs. double teams on occasion
Jesse Williams is a physically gifted individual who burst onto the scene in Tuscaloosa quickly having never played major football in either Australia or the United States. His consistency and versatility as a defensive tackle is exactly what a lot of NFL teams are looking for. While he isn't perfect by any stretch, he has some room to get better and possibly become a dominant force inside in a variety of defensive looks. His early value will likely be as a nose tackle who can disrupt and take on double teams.
Outlook as a Raider:
After the loss to San Diego, the Raiders are all but assured the No. 3 Overall Pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. A pick of Williams at No. 3 is not practical nor going to happen. However, a trade down scenario would make Jesse Williams a possible pickup in Oakland. The defensive tackle situation is in a state of turnover as Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly are most likely gone in 2013. Tarver and Allen have played more 4-3 than anything in 2012 due to their personnel restraints, and having a kid like Jesse Williams, supplemented by some more DE/LB help could mean more 3-4 looks. Williams' versatility will make him an attractive option inside as the Raiders continue to rebuild their defensive front.