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2017 NFL DRAFT

Leonard Williams, DT

School: Southern California  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Daytona Beach, FL
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 302 lbs.
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111

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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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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

 
 
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05/05/2015 - Arrival of Williams puts pressure on Wilkerson...Selecting Williams ranks as another decisive strike by Maccagnan. Williams was viewed as a likely top-five pick due to not only his resume -- he collected 21 sacks in three seasons at USC -- but also his youth. He doesn't turn 21 until June 20. But a pair of curveballs tossed in the top five dropped Williams into the Jets' laps. The Tennessee Titans, picking second, took Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Washington Redskins, picking fifth, selected offensive lineman Brandon Scherff from Iowa. "He was the best player on our board and we're kind of surprised he actually fell to us," Maccagnan said. "It was too good of a value to pass on at that point in time." - The Sports Xchange
 

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