Dan Williams  DT  Tennessee

TALENT BOARD

 Round 1


 

STRENGTHS

Dan is a big, strong Defensive Tackle with excellent foot speed and quickness for a player of his size.  He has the strength to push the pocket when rushing the QB and the athletic talent to engage and shed his blocker and make a tackle when defending in the running game.  Dan has the quickness to split a double team and get into the back field and disrupt the blocking assignments of any pulling offensive line.  He can play in a one gap system or a two gap system.  He can also play nose tackle in a 3-4 defense.  Dan has some solid pass rushing moves and will get sacks from the defensive position.  He has the talent to play DT in any style of defense.  Dan reminds me a lot of Vince Wilfork (DT New England Patriots).  

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Dan just needs to keep working as hard as he has this year to improve.  He will need to work on his physical stamina for the next level.  The more plays Dan is on the field, the more he will be able to impact.  Dan has the abilities to be a hell of a DT for the team that drafts him. 

 

BOTTOM LINE

Because of Dan's size and quickness and good lateral agility he can play multiple positions in any style of defense for you.  I have no doubt that he could be a DE in a 3-4 defense also because of his quickness off the line and lateral agility.  Dan is as close to a finished product that you can get at the college level for his position.  He has the speed to catch most QB's from behind when they break the pocket, which is surprising for a person who is as large as he is.  Let me tell you, when you see Dan on film start to chase down a QB from behind, it's like sitting on a boat and staring at a stunt plane as you think it is diving into the horizon when in all actuality, it just dove directly into the lake your boat was sitting on.  It looks like it's all not happening in real time.  That's why I call him Dan (Real Time) Williams because it looks like Dan is not playing in real time.   

 

Drew Boylhart  11/09