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Nathan Williams, OLB

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Washington Court House, OH
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 241 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
280277-FA

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.832.791.6724 359'5"4.446.99
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Williams has a ripped upper body with swelled up arms and good bulk throughout his frame. He uses his aggressive hands to deliver a punch to blockers at the point of attack and shows good take-on strength to hold his own against the run.

Williams is used to standing up near the line and was often moved all over the defensive front as a blitzer, rushing from different angles. He has experience dropping in space, displaying good instincts in space and fluidity to pick up targets out of the backfield. Williams closes fast in pursuit and plays extremely active, but also read and reacts well.

He is a physical tackler with strong hands to secure stops and knock the ball out. Williams is a high energy rusher and his tank never seems empty, playing with a never quit attitude.

He looked back at full health over the second half of the 2012 season and worked hard over the past year to come back from his knee injury.

WEAKNESSES: Williams lacks elite size and length for the position and has some 'tweener traits. He plays light at the line and can be too easily blocked or driven out of plays, struggling to consistently anchor.

Williams takes over aggressive angles and needs to play more controlled and decisive to finish tackles, almost as if he plays too fast to consistently break down. He needs to keep his emotions in check and stay disciplined and play smarter.

Williams suffered a right knee injury in Aug. 2011 and chose to have microfracture surgery in Oct. 2011 to repair the damage, missing almost all of last season and some of the 2012 season.

NFL Comparison: Lawrence Sidbury, DE, Atlanta Falcons - Like Sidbury, Williams will be labeled as a 'tweener and the past durability issues could come back to haunt him.

-- Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Williams was poised for a big senior season in August 2011, coming off a team-high 4.5 sacks as a junior. But he went down with a left knee injury in the 2011 opener that eventually required surgery, ending his season and possibly his career. However, he earned a medical redshirt for one final year of eligibility and worked his way back onto the field ahead of schedule in time for the season opener.

Williams steadily improved throughout 2012 and finally looks near 100 percent medically, making fluid movements and showing little hesitation.

The new coaching staff raved about Williams and his progress, using words like "warrior" and "competitor" to describe him.

Lining up mostly in a two-point stance off the edge, Williams has a 'tweener skill-set and lacks a natural position, but could earn a draftable grade between now and April.

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03/16/2013 - 2013 Ohio State Pro Day: Nathaniel Williams, DE (6-3 3/8, 242 pounds) - Ohio State worked him out as a defensive end and linebacker in positional drills. He clocked in at 4.76 and 4.77 in the 40. Williams looked better at linebacker than defensive lineman in drills, but there are concerns about his size. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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