Jesse Williams   DT/NT   Alabama

TALENT BOARD ROUND  1

 

STRENGTHS

Jesse has the size and strength you look for a in pure defensive tackle.  He has solid techniques and, mentallly, he knows his job and what is required of him in the defensive scheme his college team uses.  If you're running a 2-gap defensive line system, Jesse is your man.  He has enough athletic ability to play in this style of system as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 or a DE/NT in a 3-4 system as he did in college.  Jesse shows on film to have good strength and excellent physical stamina.  He has enough athletic ability to be used on some stunts, but the beast attribute he brings to a defense is that of a big bodied defensive tackle that will take more than one player to block him all game long.  He will be a core player and the key to a defense that wants its linebackers to run free to the ball and make tackles.  He plays with excellent leverage and will push the pocket on passing downs.  Jesse uses excellent timing in raising his hands to knock down passes and disrupt the passing lanes for a quarterback.   

 

CONCERNS

Because Jesse lacks good lateral agility, he is not the perfect fit for the nose tackle position.  He also has to learn to shed blockers quicker to make more tackles at the line of scrimmage.  His change of direction skills are too weak to be much of a pass rusher off the end in a 3-4.  However, if you're playing a 2-gap system, that's not what you should be expecting from him in the first place.  Don't get me wrong -- he can play nose tackle in a 3-4, but if it is your primary defense and you're expecting him to be your every down nose tackle, I don't believe that would be very smart.  Jesse played a lot on the outside as a DE in a 3-4 for his college team because he lacks the lateral agility on running plays to play the nose plus, Alabama had another big lineman to play nose tackle.  Jesse is an excellent fit as a 2-gap defensive lineman.    

 

BOTTOM LINE

All you have to do is draft Jesse, use him correctly and he will impact.  You can use him in a 3-4 on the nose in passing situations, but using him that way on running downs and not having good run stuffing linebackers backing him up, you can expect the middle of the field to be open for big runs all day long.  As a DT in a 4-3, he doesn't need as much lateral agility because the defensive gaps will be closer and easier for him to defend.  Jesse will be able to push the pocket and, if you do not double team him, he has the foot quickness to get into the backfield and do some damage.  He is strong against the double team and keeps his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage, making it easy for linebackers to fill holes and make tackles behind the line of scrimmage.  Jesse is not going to run very many players down, but he will make them sweat when they see him coming.  If you miss blocking, Jesse he will make you pay because he comes hard at you on every down all game long.  Jesse will make plays against offensive linemen in the 4th quarter because he has excellent physical stamina.  He is the most consistent defensive lineman, stamina wise, I think that I have ever seen.  He can become a core player, a coach's favorite and a fan favorite, but don't expect him to be your every down nose tackle in a 3-4 defense just because he is big and strong.  He will give you the effort, but you will be hanging him out to dry and that's not fair to him because this kid is a quality football player.

     

Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart

Feb/2013