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Dan Williams

Dan Williams
NFL Draft Scouting Report

Defensive Tackle

Tennessee


College Position: Defensive Tackle
School: Tennessee
Grade: Senior
Height: 6-3
Weight: 315
Birthdate: 06-01-1987
Draft Projection: Late First
Overall Rank: 21
NFL Draft Position (Rank): Defensive Tackle (4)

Draft Result

Drafted in the 2010 Draft by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1st round with the #26 pick.
After getting little out of Gabe Watson and Alan Branch at nose tackle, the selection of Dan Williams was a no brainer for Arizona. Williams is a wide body in the middle who will command double teams and stuff the run. Upgrading at the nose tackle position will make life much easier for a new group of inside backers in the post-Karlos Dansby era. A throwback pick which should dramatically improve the Cardinals 17th ranked run defense.

Strengths

  • Two gap space eating tackle
  • Forces a double team on every play
  • Made major improvements as a football player with Ed Orgeron as position coach and Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator
  • Anchors well against the run
  • Plays with a high motor
  • Solid tackler - had more solo tackles (36) than assisted tackles (34)
  • A safer nose tackle pick than Terrance Cody (but a little less upside)

Weaknesses

  • Strictly a two down DT - limited pass rusher - relies primarily on bull rush
  • Increased upper body strength would help Williams become more of a pocket collapsing tackle in passing situations
  • Only generated 2.5 sacks and 8 QB hurries in 2009

News

2011 NFL Draft Pick Analysis: Which Positions Provide the Best Value - Mar 17 (Fran Duffy)
NFL Draft Slot Analysis: Do First Round Draft Slots Matter - Mar 13 (Fran Duffy)
2010 Pre-Season All Defensive Rookie Team - Aug 22 (Dan Wernery)
Fantasy Football 101: 2010 Defense/Special Teams Rankings - Jul 22 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: PRE Pre-Season All-Rookie Team - Defense - May 17 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft Grades: NFC West - May 10 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Day One Winners, Losers and More - Apr 22 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Raul Colon's Mock Draft - Final Edition - Apr 21 (Chris Maier)
2010 NFL Draft: Dan Wernery Plays GM for AFC Teams - Apr 6 (Dan Wernery)
2010 NFL Draft Debate: What Should Miami do with the 12th pick? - Apr 4 (Dan Wernery and Chris Maier)
2010 Intersite NFL Mock Draft - Mar 16 (Chris Maier)
Free Agency's Opening Weekend: The NFL Draft Effect - Mar 7 (Chris Maier)
Raul Colon's 2010 NFL Mock Draft - Post Combine - Mar 7 (Raul Colon)
2010 NFL Scouting Combine Buzz: DT, DE and LB - Mar 1 (Chris Maier)
2010 Senior Bowl Preview: Who and What To Watch - Jan 25 (Chris Maier)
2010 Post-Thanksgiving Mock Draft - Two Rounds - Nov 28 (Chris Maier)

Mock Draft Results


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