03/29/2013 - 2013 North Carolina Pro Day: Talented offensive tackle Brennan Williams took advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate his athleticism. The 6-5 1/2, 311-pound Williams entered the year as one of the more intriguing right tackle prospects in the country but missed the final four games of his senior season with a torn labrum.
Recovery from the subsequent surgery kept Williams from lifting Wednesday, but he ran the 40-yard dash in 5.20-seconds and recorded a 28.5-inch vertical and a 8-foot, 5-inch broad jump. With only 22 career starts, Williams is unpolished, but he shows intriguing athletic upside on tape and could wind up developing into a better player in the NFL than he was in college. Considering that ACC coaches recognized him with honorable mention accolades despite the fact that he missed a third of the season, that's saying something. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch: For all of the talk about 40-yard dash, vertical jumps and bench press totals that will dominate coverage of the combine, the single-most critical element is always the medical testing taking place in Indianapolis. Players have the option of passing on workouts at the combine, but every one of the 333 players invited will be subjected to a battery of medical evaluations that range from blood tests to X-rays to psychological testing.
Receiving a "red flag" on a medical test can destroy a player's draft stock. Former Washington running back Chris Polk entered the combine a year ago widely viewed as a top prospect, but after medical tests showed extensive damage done to his shoulders and knees, he fell out of the draft entirely. To his credit, Polk made the Philadelphia Eagles roster as an undrafted free agent.
The brutality of the trenches make the medical grades on offensive and defensive linemen all the more important to their final draft stock. LSU's Chris Faulk (ACL), North Carolina's Brennan Williams (torn labrum) and California's Matt Summers-Gavin (recurring right knee injuries) are three players whose play could warrant consideration in the first three rounds, but only if teams are satisfied with their health. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: OT-Brennan Williams, Sr., North Carolina (5), has been selected Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team. - North Carolina football
12/02/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Brennan Williams (North Carolina), ot (13)...has been named Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. - North Carolina football
10/26/2012 - Williams became a full-time starter last season as a junior in Chapel Hill and started the first eight games of the 2012 campaign. He will finish his collegiate career with 22 career starts, all coming at right tackle. Williams' father, Brent, had an 11-year NFL career (1986-1993) at defensive end, spending time with the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets. Normally the recovery time from labrum surgery is anywhere from two-to-six months depending on the severity of the tear, which could potentially keep Williams out of some pre-draft workouts. Hopefully that is not the case, however, and he will be able to showcase his skills at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine three months from now. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/26/2012 - North Carolina's offensive line will be shorthanded for Saturday's rivalry game against N.C. State with the loss of starting right tackle Brennan Williams, who had surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Williams was listed as "out" on the Tar Heels' official injury report. Team spokesman Kevin Best confirmed Thursday night that 6-foot-7, 310-pound senior will be sidelined for the rest of the season. Williams, who is considered a top NFL prospect, has started 22 games for UNC. He has been playing with the injury for the past several weeks. Starting guard Travis Bond is listed as Williams' top backup and is expected to move to tackle for Saturday's game. Sophomore Nick Appel is also an option. If Bond is moved to tackle, his spot at guard would then go to either backup center Peyton Jenest or redshirt freshman Landon Turner. - Brett Friedlander, The Wilmington Star News
10/26/2012 - North Carolina starting offensive tackle Brennan Williams will miss the remainder of his senior season after surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, team spokesman Kevin Best announced. Williams hasn't played at 100% for much of the season and further injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter against Duke last Saturday. Williams currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 senior offensive tackle and 38th prospect overall. At 6-7, 310 pounds, Williams has surprisingly light feet for his size with the length and frame to start on the right side in the NFL. He hadn't played with the same aggressiveness or consistent mean streak as of late, but the shoulder issue looks to be the culprit. In his latest mock draft, Rob Rang had the Tar Heels senior tackle slotted to the San Francisco 49ers in the late first round. In last Saturday's loss to Duke, Williams played the first three quarters, but left the field a minute into the fourth quarter, clutching his left arm. Senior starting right guard Travis Bond moved over to tackle for the final quarter against the Blue Devils and is expected to man the right tackle position for the remainder of the season. Bond is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 7 ranked senior offensive guard for the 2013 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 32. Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina: Overshadowed by Tar Heels guard Jonathan Cooper (also a top-50 candidate for the 2013 draft), the 6-7, 315-pound Williams caught the attention of scouts with a standout first season at right tackle in 2011. A strong second season on the edge could lead to Williams leaping ahead of other, more publicized players as the first senior offensive tackle off the board in 2013. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com