Leonard Williams, DT

School: Southern California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Daytona Beach, FL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 302 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Jacksonville Jaguars | #3
    Should both quarterbacks be off the board, the Jaguars would be faced with a decision. Some clubs see Williams as the best player in the draft and therefore the value at No. 3 overall is undeniable. He is best suited to the five- and three-technique roles in coach Gus Bradley's defense - spots already capably handled by Tyson Alualu, offseason addition Jared Odrick and Sen'Derrick Marks, who is coming off a torn ACL. An edge rusher like Florida's Dante Fowler, Jr. or Clemson's Vic Beasley would fill a greater need.
  • Oakland Raiders | #4
    With the fifth pick a year ago, arguably the best player (Khalil Mack) in the draft fell to Oakland. And it could happen again this year if Williams is still on the board with the fourth pick.
  • Tennessee Titans | #2
    Will somebody move up to get Marcus Mariota? I don't think so. So the Titans stay put and take Williams, the best player on the board.
  • Oakland Raiders | #4
    This is a relative free fall in any mock draft I've done (or seen) so far. Doesn't seem likely that Williams makes it this far, but it is possible. The Raiders could trade out or grab a local ? and perhaps soon to be more local ? product to shore up the defensive line and set Khalil Mack free.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: An exceptional talent, boasting a rare combination of size, easy athleticism and raw power to go along with a passion for the game. Possesses a naturally large frame with broad shoulders, long limbs and a trim middle that makes it easy to see why the Trojans have rotated him all over the defensive line.

Impressive initial quickness, lateral agility, flexibility and balance to penetrate gaps and attack on stunts. Very long arms, which allows him to keep blockers from latching on. Shows good technique to chop away opponents when they are able to initially lock him up. Locates the football quickly and has good speed for pursuit.

Displayed his passion for the game in toughing it out through an ankle injury for most of the 2014 season.

WEAKNESSES: When the game comes as easily to a player as it appears to with Williams, it is easy to nit-pick technique and consistency. Williams, like most taller defensive tackles, struggles at times with leverage. He gets his hands into passing lanes but needs to show better awareness and hand-eye coordination to make those big mitts weapons.

COMPARES TO: Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers - Williams is earning comparisons from scouts to everyone from McCoy to Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt for his ability to dominate the line of scrimmage while alternating between defensive tackle and defensive end.

IN OUR VIEW: Regardless of where he lines up, the Daytona Beach, Fla., native has been a standout. His physical make-up is extremely impressive with his size, length and athleticism to line up at any position on the defensive line, inside or outside, and be effective.

--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang (11/20/14)

Player Overview

While Southern Cal has endured some relatively down years recently, it is rare that a true freshman walks in and makes a significant impact in the land of Troy, especially along the line of scrimmage. That is precisely what Williams did in 2012, however, after signing with USC out of Daytona Beach, FL.

Operating at defensive tackle, Williams registered a 64 tackles, including 13.5 for loss and eight sacks, earning Defensive Freshman of the Year honors from the Pac-12. He was moved outside to end in 2013 and was even more productive, ranking second on the team with 74 tackles, while picking up another 13.5 tackles for loss and six sacks, despite being limited by a shoulder injury.

Nicknamed the "Big Cat," Williams' flexibility, movement skills and point of attack strength are exactly what NFL teams covet in the trenches.

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Player News
03/11/2015 - Southern Cal Pro Day: Though Southern Cal boasts one of the elite prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft in defensive lineman Leonard Williams and a couple of intriguing skill-position talents in wide receiver Nelson Agholor and running back Buck Allen, one high-ranking scout on hand for the workout characterized the Pro Day as "average." Why? The four top prospects - Williams, Agholor, Allen and defensive back Josh Shaw - largely elected to sit on the 40-yard dash times they produced in Indianapolis, instead electing to mostly focus on positional drills despite scouts and coaches from all 32 teams on hand for the workout.

Williams, who measured in at 6-foot-4 and 7/8" and 304 pounds, fared well in these drills, which were conducted by Tennessee Titans defensive line coach Giff Smith. "I don't know how he gets out of the top three," the scout said. That's precisely where Williams is projected in NFLDraftScout.com's updated (since free agency began) mock drafts. Following the workout, Williams joked with the media about the decision facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Titans and other clubs picking early April 30. "If you pick a QB before me, I'm going to hurt them," Williams said. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com



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