Sunday, December 30, 2012

Prospect Profile: DT/NT Jesse Williams - Alabama

Alabama Profile:

Name:  Jesse Williams
Height:  6' - 4"
Weight:  320 lbs.
Class:  Senior
Hometown:  Brisbane, Australia
DOB:  November 2, 1990 (22 years old)
High School:  Cavendish Road (Queensland, Australia)

Season Summaries:

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 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):

Positives (+):
-  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

Negatives (-):
-  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

NFL Analysis:
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.

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