Avery Williamson, ILB

School: Kentucky  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Milan, TN
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 246 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.592.691.5725 30 1/210'0"4.077.11

Player Overview

A two-star LB recruit out of high school, Williamson received offers from Vanderbilt and Kentucky, but committed to the Wildcats where he provided quality LB depth as a true freshman.

He saw more playing time as a sophomore reserve in 2011, but emerged as a defensive leader in 2012, finishing second in the SEC in tackles (135). Despite battling injuries, Williamson again recorded triple-digit tackles as a senior and produced the second-most tackles in the SEC over the past two years. He is physical and smart and does his best work with the ball in front of him, anticipating the action and wasting little time attacking.

Williamson has some flaws in coverage and needs to improve in his drops, but he looks like a special teams ace who can grow into something more, following a similar path as former Kentucky LBs Danny Trevathan and Wesley Woodyard - solid third day draft pick.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Looks the part with an ideal frame for the position, including firm bulk and long arms...good eyes and awareness to take sharp angles to the ballcarrier - trusts what he sees...smart pre-snap reads with the anticipation and film work to know what's coming...stout at the POA and a physical striker, looking to separate man from ball - drives through his target...tough finisher and enjoys physical stops...capable blitzer, using his first step quickness to spurt through gaps...quick feet to work around blocks...team leader with a hard-working attitude and puts in the time to groom his ability - has added 30 pounds of muscle...mentally and physically tough, playing through injuries and pain...productive two-year starter with back-to-back seasons of 100+ tackles as a junior and senior, earning multiple All-SEC honors.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks explosive qualities and will take some wasted steps...doesn't play as strong as he looks and will struggle to shed blocks with inconsistent hand placement and body leverage...too willing to avoid contact and will go backwards to evade blocks rather than taking on contact...wild in his pass drops and will get turned around in coverage, struggling with body positioning - rigid and not smooth...too many mental errors in coverage, guessing wrong and defending different routes - needs to be smarter in pass defense...bad habit of hitting too high with room to clean up his tackling technique...durability concerns, playing most of 2013 with wrist and thumb injuries, wearing a cast on his left hand.

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 5/151 - Avery Willimson, ILB, 6-1, 246, Kentucky...Williamson is a local product, having played high school football a couple of hours from Nashville in Milan, Tenn. He will also start on special teams, but projects to be an inside linebacker eventually. The Titans love his ability as a tackler, much like another former UK player on the roster, Wesley Woodyard. - The Sports Xchange


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