2015 NFL DRAFT

Avery Williamson, ILB

School: Kentucky  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Milan, TN
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 246 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
19785-6
Player News
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

04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the New Orleans' draft radar: ILB Avery Williamson, Kentucky: The Saints need to add depth at linebacker to help their run defense and should target a player they can groom to eventually take over for David Hawthorne. And Williamson, who produced the second-most tackles in the SEC over the past two years, could be that player. He is physical and smart and does his best work with the ball in front of him, anticipating the action well and wasting little time attacking. He has some coverage flaws, but looks like a special teams ace and third day pick who can grow into something more, following a similar path as former Kentucky linebackers Danny Trevathan and Wesley Woodyard. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the Denver Broncos' draft radar: ILB Avery Williamson, Kentucky: Given their prior success with former Wildcat linebackers Woodyard and Trevathan, Williamson is a logical consideration for the Broncos. Like the former Kentucky stars before him, Williamson is instinctive and a reliable open-field tackler. He didn't emerge as a full-time starter until his junior season but once on the field, Williamson emerged as one the SEC's most consistent defenders. Williamson worked out better than expected and in a weak ILB class, he is a candidate to rise as the draft approaches. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: LB - Avery Williamson, Kentucky, 6-1, 238, Sr,...Williamson finished the season as UK's leading tackler for the second consecutive year, posting 102 total tackles to rank tied for fourth in the SEC in that category. The senior also had four tackles for loss, one sack, three quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. The native of Milan, Tenn., finished his career with 296 total tackles. Williamson, who played in 49 career games with 24 starts, had double-digit tackles in four games in 2013 and ended his career with 12 double-digit tackle games. - Kentucky football

12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB - Avery Williamson, Kentucky...With the honor, Williamson became the first UK linebacker to earn All-SEC honors by league coaches since current Denver Broncos starting linebacker Danny Trevathan was selected to the second team in 2011. The native of Milan, Tenn., was honored as a second-team All-SEC linebacker by the AP on Monday, marking the first All-SEC honor of his career. Kentucky has had at least one All-SEC second-team selection by league coaches every year through 1997.

Williamson finished the season as UK's leading tackler for the second consecutive year, posting 102 total tackles to rank tied for fourth in the SEC in that category. The senior also had four tackles for loss, one sack, three quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. The native of Milan, Tenn., finished his career with 296 total tackles. Williamson, who played in 49 career games with 24 starts, had double-digit tackles in four games in 2013 and ended his career with 12 double-digit tackle games. - Kentucky football

09/11/2013 - Scouting the Kentucky run defense: The Wildcats have struggled to stop elite teams from running the ball and Louisville represents more of a threat from the passing side of the equation. But the Cardinals set up their passing game by mixing in runs and take downfield shots off play-action and eventually it creates opportunities for big plays in the run game. Keeping Louisville in check on the ground early is crucial. - The Sports Xchange

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (COACHES): LB - Avery Williamson, Kentucky,...Williamson is coming off a breakout 2012 season, in which he picked up All-SEC honors from Phil Steele's College Football and CollegeSportsMadness.com. The Milan, Tenn., product is the returning starter at middle linebacker after finishing second in the SEC and seventh nationally with 135 tackles last season.

Williamson, who has played in 37 career games, started all 12 games for UK last season, posting eight double-digit tackle games, including a career-best 20 against Vanderbilt. The physical linebacker had a streak of four games with a least 13 tackles, becoming the first Wildcat to do so since Randy Holleran in 1990. Williamson also had 4.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks, four pass breakups, two fumbles caused, one fumble recovery and an interception last season. - Kentucky football

08/21/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: MLB Avery Williamson had a standout junior campaign in which he accumulated 135 tackles to rank second in the SEC and is established as a solid player and a team leader. - The Sports Xchange

08/21/2013 - TOP KENTUCKY PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. ILB Avery Williamson (6-1, 242, 4.84)...Williamson is an alert, active defender who locates the ball quickly. He slides past would-be blockers rather than taking them on forcefully when he can. He is not an overly physical defender who knocks ball-carriers to the ground but instead wraps his arms securely for the effective stop. Williamson is agile and quick and shows good awareness in coverage. He remains on the field, typically in coverage (rather than blitzing) on passing downs and can handle short and intermediate route duties. He does not, however, appear to have more than average straight-line speed for the position, which could pose problems playing middle linebacker as the Wildcats switch to a 4-3 scheme in 2013. Williamson should again rack up big tackle numbers "in the box" but must show better speed to the flanks if his stock is to rise significantly.

While not the high-end NFL prospect that former teammates Larry Warford (guard) and Randall Cobb (wide receiver) were for Kentucky, Williamson is a prospect to keep an eye on. He is a leader on and off the field and the type of player Kentucky can build around. NFL teams will appreciate his maturity and intelligence, as well. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/21/2013 - TOP KENTUCKY PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. ILB Avery Williamson (6-1, 242, 4.84)...In an otherwise dreadful 2012 season for Kentucky, Williamson was one of the few reasons for optimism. Starting for the first time, Williamson finished second among all SEC defenders with 135 tackles (Tennessee's A.J. Johnson had 138) in 2012, 44 more stops than his nearest teammate. His impact was hardly felt just there, however, as Williamson recorded 4.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in his breakout campaign. Williamson's production is a testament to his instincts and fine form tackling. Unfortunately, it also is a reflection of the poor team defense played last year at Kentucky, as too many of Williamson's stops came yards downfield. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): LB - Avery Williamson, Kentucky (16)... Williamson is the returning starter at middle linebacker after finishing second in the SEC and seventh nationally with 135 tackles last season. Williamson, who has played in 37 career games, started all 12 games for UK last season, posting eight double-digit tackle games, including a career-best 20 against Vanderbilt.

The physical linebacker had a streak of four games with a least 13 tackles, becoming the first Wildcat to do so since Randy Holleran in 1990. Williamson also had 4.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks, four pass breakups, two fumbles caused, one fumble recovery and an interception last season. - Kentucky football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Avery Williamson, Kentucky...Already this preseason, Williamson has been named a preseason second-team All-SEC honoree by Phil Steele's College Football and CollegeSportsMadness.com, while he was listed on the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Defensive Awards Watch List.

Williamson had a breakout junior season in 2012, earning All-SEC honors from Phil Steele's College Football and CollegeSportsMadness.com. The native of Milan, Tenn., is the returning starter at middle linebacker after finishing second in the SEC and seventh nationally in tackles last season. Williamson, who has played in 37 career games, started all 12 games for UK last season, posting eight double-digit tackle games, including a career-best 20 against Vanderbilt. The physical linebacker had a streak of four games with a least 13 tackles, becoming the first Wildcat to do so since Randy Holleran in 1990. Williamson also had 4.5 tackles-for-loss, three sacks, four pass breakups, two fumbles caused, one fumble recovery and an interception last season. - Kentucky football

05/21/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Avery Williamson, LB, Kentucky...Turned in a very productive season in his first year as a regular in 2012...Finished second in the Southeastern Conference in tackles (135) and received all-conference honors...Placed seventh nationally in total tackles. - Kentucky football

 
Player News
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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