Oakland Raiders Losing Puts Them in Leonard Williams Sweepstakes

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November 17, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley (17) breaks the tackle of Southern California Trojans defensive end Leonard Williams (94) in the third quarter of the game at the Rose Bowl. UCLA won 38-28. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


At 6’5″, 300 pounds, Williams is a big, powerful kid that doesn’t get pushed back and or stay blocked on running plays. He easily takes on and sheds blocks at the p0int of attack, making him extremely disruptive when you try to run at him. Whether it be against a guard or a tackle, Williams is strong enough to either anchor down or push the offensive lineman back.

Then if you try to to run away from him, he is explosive off the ball and sometimes leaves offensive linemen in their stances. At times, Williams has run down the most athletic of quarterbacks, running backs, and not-so-slow receivers. He has been clocked as low as 4.76 by his coaches in the 40-yard dash and watching him play makes me believe that.

This freakish combination gives him the ability to be a 4-3 base end, 4-3 3-technique or a 3-4 5-technique (end). It would probably be a waste of his talent but I would bet on him to be a disruptive nose tackle if he was asked to play there. But if you were to hold a gun to my head, I would say that he’s at his best when he’s used mainly as a 3-4 end.