Trevardo Williams   LB   Connecticut

TALENT BOARD ROUND  3

 

STRENGTHS

Trevardo is an explosive athlete.  He is one of the fastest linebackers in this draft and his workout numbers are making everyone re-think how Trevardo might fit into their defensive systems.  He shows an excellent burst to the play and is strong at the point of attack with the strength in his hands to shed and make tackles along the line of scrimmage.  He gives great effort on every play and is a head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler.  He shows the change of direction skills that make it easy to imagine Trevardo being able to play more than one linebacker position in any style of defense.  In college, Trevardo played mostly with his hand on the ground as a pass rusher and he was good from that position.  He attacks the line of scrimmage on every play and he made as much of an impact on his college team as Clay Mathews did playing for USC, which is who Trevardo reminds me of. Nevertheless, I suspect Trevardo will have to be moved to a new position if he wants to be more than a pass rushing specialist at the NFL level because of his size. 

 

CONCERNS

Trevardo may remind me a bit of Clay Mathews, but he is not as big and his pass rushing skills are not as mature as Clay’s were when he came out in his draft.  Trevardo does everything right now on athletic ability.  He is just a better athlete than most of the players on the opposing teams.  He really doesn’t use very many pass rushing moves he just beats his man off the line. He is quicker, faster and in most cases stronger and more explosive than his opponents.  For the next level, he will have to learn more pass rushing skills, improve the way he uses his hands and develop secondary moves to become the player his athletic talent suggests that he can become.  As far as linebacker skills, Trevardo doesn’t show on film the ability to fall off the line into coverage, but with his athletic ability, I have no doubt that he can do it.    

 

BOTTOM LINE

Trevardo is not as big as Clay and not as talented, but he does have the explosiveness you look for in a player for the next level.  I personally picture Trevardo as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense or a middle linebacker in a 4-3 defense.  He does an excellent job defending against the run, shedding blocks and making tackles in the open field.  I don’t see him as a pass rusher unless he is used in stunts and in a blitzing style of defense.  The question is, “How well can Trevardo cover?”  If he is smart and can cover in zone, I wonder if he has the ability to be a coach on the field? If he can learn quickly and show the leadership skills that a middle linebacker needs to have, Trevardo could be one of the best and most impacting linebackers to come out in this draft.  What round Trevardo gets selected in is a guess, but I can tell you this: if I was satisfied with his agility and he showed an ability to work the middle of the field in workouts, I would draft him early.  If I just think he is a pass rusher/special teams player after I worked him out, I might wait until later in the draft to select him. Either way, Trevardo has a lot of talent, gives great effort on every play and is an excellent tackler.  Now that’s the type of player I look for to add to my team in any round.

 

Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart

Apr/2013