2015 NFL DRAFT

Sylvester Williams, DT

School: North Carolina  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Jefferson City, MO
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 313 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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LATEST NEWS
04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 47. Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina: Frankly, I would have liked to have seen more consistency with Williams during his two seasons with the Tar Heels, but there is no questioning his combination of burst and strength. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 29. DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina (6-3, 313, 5SR)...Although he's still relatively new to the game of football, Williams has an athletic skill set with the strength and potential to develop into a quality NFL starter. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/08/2013 - 2013 North Carolina Pro Day: UNC's pro day features two projected first-rounders...Sylvester Williams, DT (6-2 3/8, 311) - Williams stood on his combine numbers, and instead put forth an outstanding positional workout. I think the workout was strong enough to get Williams selected in the lower half of the first round (my latest mock draft projects Williams going No. 24 to the Indianapolis Colts). - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/29/2013 - 2013 North Carolina Pro Day: Also boosting his cause was the 6-2 3/8, 311-pound Williams, who has been steadily climbing up draft boards since an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl. Like Cooper, Williams elected not to participate during the timed drills, but that didn't mean he wasn't put through a litany of tests. The light-footed defensive tackle was asked to participate in linebacker drills, in fact. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/03/2013 - North Carolina linebacker Kevin Reddick and defensive tackle Sylvester Williams have each accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Mobile, Ala. The Senior Bowl annually features the nation's top NFL draft prospects.

Williams, a native of Jefferson City, Mo., enrolled at Carolina in January, 2011, after two seasons at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. He originally thought he was finished with football after high school, and worked at a factory before enrolling at Coffeyville. He graduated from Carolina in December and was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer.

Williams started all 25 games during his two seasons in Chapel Hill. As a senior, he posted 42 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses and 6.0 sacks to earn a spot on the Pro Football Weekly All-America team. He had a spectacular game on national television at Virginia (Thursday night game) with a career-high eight stops, two tackles for losses and a 10-yard sack to help lead the Tar Heels to a 37-13 victory. - North Carolina football

12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: DT-Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, 6-3, 315, Sr., Jefferson City, Mo. (16), has been selected First Team 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. Williams transferred to Carolina after two years at Coffeyville Community College, and became an instant starter. He started every game in his two-year career and had 42 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses and 6.0 sacks this year. - North Carolina football

12/02/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DT-Sylvester Williams, North Carolina (63)...has been named First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. Williams transferred to Carolina after two years at Coffeyville Community College, and became an instant starter. He started every game in his two-year career and had 42 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses and 6.0 sacks this year. - North Carolina football

11/19/2012 - WEEK 12 ACC CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, Senior, DT, 6-3, 305, Jefferson City, Mo.,...Williams posted a season-high eight tackles, had two tackles for losses and a sack in North Carolina's 37-13 win at Virginia. Williams led a defensive front that put pressure on Virginia's quarterbacks all game. Prior to Virginia's last two drives, which ended on turnovers on downs, Carolina limited the Cavaliers to 279 total yards of offense. - ACC football

11/15/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Despite the 68 points given up to Georgia Tech, North Carolina is allowing under 26 points a game. Take out the 68 given up to Georgia Tech, however, and the figure is a more respectable 21 a game. The Tar Heels are allowing under 138 yards rushing per game. They have only seven interceptions, but are third in the conference with 24 sacks. - The Sports Xchange

10/02/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 5: Keep an eye on: DT Sylvester Williams, 6-3, 305, North Carolina: Why you should watch him: Williams is one of the premiere interior defensive linemen in the country, and he has shown an ability to get after the quarterback this year after having just 2.5 sacks last season. Williams had a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss in Saturday's 66-0 win over Idaho. Season stats (five games): 13 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 7 tackles for loss. Player ranking: Williams is ranked No. 26 overall and the fourth-highest defensive tackle in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: North Carolina hosts Virginia Tech in arguably its biggest game of the season. The Hokies have had some issues on the interior of their offensive line. Williams could have a big game. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

09/14/2012 - Five Prospects I'll Be Watching Saturday: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina: Like Hankins, Williams will be facing top-flight competition in Louisville center Mario Benavides, currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 7-rated center for the 2013 draft. Benavides, however, is undersized at 6-2, 282 pounds. His quickness could get the better of Williams, on occasion, but the big (6-3, 320) UNC defensive tackle should be able to collapse the middle with his size and strength advantage. He has certainly done so thus far this season, recording 2.5 sacks already this year. Should Williams continue his impressive early play, he could earn first round consideration simply because he possesses such great upside due to his combination of size and athleticism. This game begins at noon eastern and will be televised by ESPN. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/06/2012 - Senior DT Sylvester Williams made his two tackles count in week 1. Both were sacks. - The Sports Xchange

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. In just one season with the Tar Heels, Williams posted 54 tackles, 7.0 tackles for losses, 2.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. A native of Jefferson City, Mo., Williams started all 13 games and was one of the most consistent performers a year ago. - North Carolina football

07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, DT, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. In just one season with the Tar Heels, Williams posted 54 tackles, 7.0 tackles for losses, 2.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. A native of Jefferson City, Mo., Williams started all 13 games and was one of the most consistent performers a year ago. - North Carolina football

 
 
LATEST NEWS
04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 47. Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina: Frankly, I would have liked to have seen more consistency with Williams during his two seasons with the Tar Heels, but there is no questioning his combination of burst and strength. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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