2015 NFL DRAFT

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
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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

10/02/2012 - 10/01/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: DE NATHAN WILLIAMS, OHIO STATE...Last August, Williams was poised for a big senior season, coming off a team-high 4.5 sacks as a junior in 2010. 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 this summer, playing limited snaps in the season opener this season. Through five games, Williams has steadily improved and finally looks near 100% medically, making fluid movements and showing little hesitation. Against Michigan State on Saturday, he looked back to his old self with excellent closing burst and the ability to drop in space, showing the instincts to react in a flash with smooth footwork and body control to pick up running backs in coverage. Williams has active hands and plays with an intense temperament and nonstop motor, never giving less than full effort on the field. He recorded his first sack of the season against the Spartans, his first sack since November 27, 2010 (Michigan), and added a season-high five tackles and two quarterback hurries. The new coaching staff raves 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 if he continues to work his way back to full health, Williams could earn a draftable grade between now and April. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/14/2012 - DL Nathan Williams, who did not dress for the UCF game after experiencing pain in his surgically repaired knee, is doubtful for the Cal game. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2012 - DL Nathan Williams, who missed almost all of the 2011 season after tearing up his knee in the opening game, played for the first time in a year and had two solo tackles against Miami, but did not dress for the Central Florida game. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Williams had been sore and did not practice in the week prior to facing UCF. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The approach against Miami in the opening game was to run a lot of players out there and see who could perform against a pass-oriented offense. After a somewhat sloppy first quarter, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer got what he wanted, and he knows he will need even more against an explosive Central Florida team that takes a different approach. "This is a whole different animal that we're facing," Meyer said. "This team's going to run the power directly at you and get their first downs. They are so much different team and a very talented team." PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Nathan Williams -- After missing all of last season and going through two surgeries, Williams returned to the field against Miami for about 30 plays. "I didn't expect him to play that much," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "He played a little bit more, and he was very sore. I would anticipate that the rust is officially knocked off him and we'll be ready to go. He was in a good mindset after that game." - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - DL Nathan Williams, who missed almost all of the 2011 season after tearing up his knee in the opening game, played for the first time in a year and had two solo tackles against Miami. - The Sports Xchange

08/07/2012 - Nathan Williams didn't seem to be favoring his surgically-repaired knee much, and the senior defensive end continues to push for more action. But the doctors haven't cleared him for full contact yet, so as much as Meyer wants to turn him loose, Williams was forced to do the majority of his work on an adjacent field without any teammates around. "Your heart bleeds for Nathan Williams," Meyer said. "I'm starting to really know that guy, and to take football away from him, that kid lives for it. It's been hard, it's not been an easy road with not playing, not practicing, even out there we're still being very cautious. We can't have a setback. "I keep asking, on Friday, why didn't he do this individual drill? Our doctors are doing a good job keeping him governored because he would do it all. Then all of a sudden you have a setback, and they told me it's 10 days backwards. We can't have a backwards." - Austin Ward, ESPN.com

05/24/2012 - The Buckeyes are still looking for a true Leo rush end. John Simon played there last year, but injured Nathan Williams is the best guy on the current roster for that spot, and he was listed as a co-starter with Adam Bellamy pending his health. Meyer said Williams continues to come back from microfracture surgery by rehabbing in the pool. Another contender for that Leo spot is incoming freshman Noah Spence, and Meyer mentioned Spence among the incoming freshmen who could fight for playing time. - Doug Lesmerises, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

05/24/2012 - The Buckeyes are still looking for a true Leo rush end. John Simon played there last year, but injured Nathan Williams is the best guy on the current roster for that spot, and he was listed as a co-starter with Adam Bellamy pending his health. Meyer said Williams continues to come back from microfracture surgery by rehabbing in the pool. Another contender for that Leo spot is incoming freshman Noah Spence, and Meyer mentioned Spence among the incoming freshmen who could fight for playing time. - Doug Lesmerises, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

 
Latest News
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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