|Williams has made a good impression in camp this year. (US Presswire)|
You would be forgiven if you thought Redskins left tackle Trent Williams had botched his career up to this point. Basically, he had. He was a No. 4 overall pick in 2010, but last season, teammates had questioned his commitment to the squads and he ended his year with a league-imposed four-game suspension after he failed a drug test.
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He also wasn't impressive on the field. Pro Football Focus ranked him No. 24 among all tackles in the league last season, though that was a huge improvement from 2010 when he was No. 65.
Either way, there were big question marks surrounding Williams as he entered his third training camp of his career. And so far, he's been awesome.
Knowing that he'll face a season-long ban if he tests positive again, Williams said in May that he's left those problems in the past and showed up to camp in what looked to be fantastic shape. Now, it appears he's one of the best players in camp so far.
That's the word from the Washington Examiner's (and Redskins Rapid Reporter) John Keim, who wrote that Williams “has been the most impressive player in training camp, winning the great majority [of] his one-on-one battles with linebacker Brian Orakpo and that, “No one else has come close to beating Williams in these drills.”
“Just a competitor, man,” Williams said, via Keim. “One on one, mano a mano, all eyes on you and it's just you and him. You don't worry about nothing else but that particular snap and rep. I compete and I hate losing.”
He's certainly impressed coach Mike Shanahan, who told ESPN.com's Dan Graziano that Williams is just different this year and that “there is a sense of urgency.”
Ryan Kerrigan has felt that as well.
"Trent's a beast," Kerrigan said, via Graziano. "I mean, we were just talking in the meeting room earlier today. He's having a phenomenal training camp and there's no reason why he can't be one of the top tackles in this league. He obviously has the talent, but I think this offseason he's really put his mind to it and gotten after it. What can you do against him? He's strong as an ox and quick as a cat. He's awesome."
And perhaps finally ready to fulfill those No. 4 pick aspirations.
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