2017 NFL Draft

Jesse Williams, DT

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Brisbane, Australia
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 323 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 41. Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama: Experienced inside and out in the 3-4 alignment and projecting nicely at defensive tackle in a four-man front, Williams is one of the safer, tougher defensive linemen in the 2013 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 22. DT Jesse Williams, Alabama (6-3, 323, 5SR)...Williams has the power and stout anchor to hold up at nose tackle but also has the first-step quickness and motor to play other positions on the defensive line. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/16/2013 - 2013 Alabama Pro Day: Safety Robert Lester, linebacker Nico Johnson and tight end Michael Williams were among those running the 40, along with Jesse Williams. No official times were released but Alabama said Jesse Williams was clocked between 4.78-4.90 seconds. The 6-foot-3, 323-pound defensive tackle bench-pressed 225 pounds 30 times at the combine and let that stand. ''I'm more worried about running,'' Jesse Williams said. ''Everybody knew I was strong anyway. I mean, I bench a ton of pounds. I'm trying to show people how I move for my size.'' - AP Sports

03/13/2013 - 2013 Alabama Pro Day: Underrated Williams rocks Alabama pro day...Bull-strong defensive tackle Jesse Williams set many pens to paper at Alabama's pro day Wednesday in Tuscaloosa. A star attraction at the combine -- he did 30 reps of 225 when many were projecting as many as 50 -- Williams stood out again in the presence of dozens of scouts Wednesday, when all 32 teams were represented.

Williams posted a 40-yard dash in the range of 4.84-4.92 seconds, and then he posted a 7.69 three-cone time even at 6-3, 326 pounds, displaying for NFL types how exactly he earned his nickname "Monster." "I feel more comfortable being here because I played here and we practiced out here every day," Williams said. "It is always good to come back here and show everyone what I got." - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch While teams will certainly want to check the medical grades of each player (especially given the extraordinary punishment that comes with playing defensive tackle), one of the most impressive attributes of the 2013 defensive tackle class is the relative health of its top prospects.

One potential issue teams will want to take a close look at involves Alabama's Jesse Williams. Although he played a critical role in plugging the interior running lanes in Alabama's dominating BCS Championship Game victory over Notre Dame, the 6-3, 320-pounder appeared to suffer a knee injury in the SEC Championship against Georgia, which caused quite a scare among the Tide faithful. By returning against the Irish, Williams proved his toughness. Before a team invests a first-round pick in the run-stuffing Austrailian, however, they'll want to make sure he's earned a clean bill of health, too. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - Top 10 most intriguing players at the combine: 7. Jesse Williams, Alabama, DT: If there's a guy with a good chance to set a combine record, the Tide's big man from Brisbane, Australia, might be the one to do it in the bench press. Arguably the strongest man in college football, Williams' 600-pound bench press became legendary in SEC circles, but he's also pretty nimble for a 325-pounder. Some suspect he might run a sub-5.1 40 in Indy. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Workout warriors: Scouts don't necessarily expect impressive vertical jumps out of two of the draft's better run-stuffers -- Alabama's Williams or Missouri Southern State's Brandon Williams -- but each possesses incredible upper-body strength. The two wide-bodies aren't related but don't be surprised if they appear twin-like when each ranks among the more impressive athletes at any position during the bench-press drills. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/23/2013 - If helping the University of Alabama capture back-to-back US college football titles, being touted as a first round draft pick in the NFL with a multimillion-dollar pay cheque and being welcomed home to Brisbane by a media throng is not enough, the giant 22-year-old might have more business to take care of. Known as "Tha Monstar" in the US, the man-mountain conceded yesterday that he might have to trademark his nickname if his star continues to rise. NBA No.1 draft pick Anthony Davis, known as much for his monobrow as his basketball, trademarked the slogans "Fear The Brow" and "Raise The Brow" before he turned pro. NFL quarterback Tim Tebow also trademarked the post-touchdown celebration manoeuvre known as "Tebowing".

"I probably should think about doing that," Williams said. "That's (nickname) blown out of proportion too. It's just a nickname I kind of rode with. There was a lot of bad ones I really didn't want to go with. I took the best one I could. I went with it and it worked out for me. "I might have to get my people to research that. I might have to think about that I guess, use that to promote myself."

Williams will continue to work out every day before returning to the US in a few days to prepare for the NFL draft combine, when his physical prowess and mental capabilities will be put to the test. He is expected to smash the current record of 56 reps in the bench press test but Williams said the combine was his chance to showcase all his skills including his speed. He has been clocked at 4.71sec for a 40-yard (36.6m) dash. "All the teams know how strong I am. I'm trying to show off other attributes," he said. - Greg Davis, The Courier-Mail

01/07/2013 - Scouting the Alabama run defense: With 320-pound Australian NG Jesse Williams clogging running lanes, Alabama limited opponents to 79.8 yards per game and a 2.5-yard per carry average. The front seven features few real stars other than LB C.J. Mosley, but doesn't have weak links, either. LB Nico Johnson is a proven leader, while the secondary is comprised of sure tacklers who don't mind jumping up and making plays when needed. - The Sports Xchange

12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DT - Jesse Williams, Alabama, Sr., has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Alabama football

11/06/2012 - Week 10 Rewind: Alabama Scores Big With Williams: Williams, 6-3 and 320 pounds, played outside as a five technique defensive end a year ago, registering 24 tackles, including four tackles for loss. Due to his great strength (reportedly he has a 600-pound bench press) and surprising agility, Williams has been an even better fit this year inside at nose guard. With just 14 tackles on the season (entering the LSU game), it will be difficult for some to understand why scouts are so enamored with Williams. True nose guards don't often register gaudy statistics and the versatility and specialization Alabama boasts also contributes to Williams' lack of eye-popping production. As good as Williams is, his primary strength is his ability to clog running lanes. He is not, however, a consistent pass rusher, which is one of the reasons why he's been rotated often as the Tide has faced multiple spread offenses over the first half of the regular season. Against LSU's power running game, however, Williams saw a lot of action and enjoyed his best game to date. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/06/2012 - Week 10 Rewind: Alabama Scores Big With Williams: Serving as a perfect cap to a terrific day of intense rivalry games, Alabama-LSU proved to be every bit worth its billing. There were, of course, standouts from both teams. Alabama true freshman running back T.J. Yeldon was appropriately named the game's MVP for his spectacular performance, including the weaving game-winning touchdown catch and run with just 51 seconds remaining. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger enjoyed the best game of his career with the Tigers, demonstrating -- perhaps for the first time this season -- a legitimate NFL combination of poise, accuracy and arm strength. Perhaps the NFL prospect who quietly enjoyed the most impressive performance, however, was fearsome Alabama nose guard Jesse Williams. Prior to the start of the season I asked several NFL scouts who had traveled through Tuscaloosa who would be this year's "breakout" performer for the defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide. Perhaps as an indication of the talent Nick Saban has collected, I received several answers. Every scout questioned, however, mentioned Williams, which in part prompted me to list him the Australia native as one of the five most intriguing prospects for the Tide over more accomplished talents like cornerback Dee Milliner, linebacker C.J. Mosley and even quarterback A.J. McCarron. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/06/2012 - 11/05/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 2. Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama: The Crimson Tide defense has stars at every level. The anchor of the nation's No. 1 scoring defense (9.1 yards/game) is Williams, a nose tackle who some have overlooked. A native of Brisbane, Australia, the senior played mostly defensive end last season and since making the transition to the zero-technique spot in the spring, Williams has been playing like a seasoned vet. He plays with outstanding upper body and hand strength to control blockers with the base power to hold his ground at the point. Williams has surprising speed in pursuit with the feet in the trenches to quickly gain position and halt plays between the tackles. Against LSU on Saturday, he finished with a career-high seven tackles, including one for loss, and when he wasn't recording stats, he was still being disruptive and altering the offensive game plan. Williams, who originally signed with Hawaii out of high school, went the JUCO route and arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2011, starting every game for the Tide. He has even seen some snaps on offense in goal line situations as a lead fullback and with his rugby background, he hopes to get his hands on the ball. At 6-3, 320, he has the muscle and agile feet to line up in any defensive scheme and his performance against LSU was just another reminder why he is being mentioned as a potential 2013 first-round pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/06/2012 - Week 10 Rewind: Alabama Scores Big With Williams: CBS' announcing crew of Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson pointed him out on multiple occasions and for good reason. The No. 28 rated overall prospect in the 2013 draft according to NFLDraftScout.com, Williams' quick swim move made him a terror in the middle, often forcing LSU's talented running backs to adjust before they'd even secured the hand-off. The Tigers certainly acknowledged his talents, as well, often dedicating multiple blockers to slowing him down. Williams' size and strength played a key role in what turned out to be one of the game's most critical plays. Nursing a 17-14 lead, LSU head coach Les Miles elected to pass up the chance at extending the lead with a field goal to go for it on 4th and 1 at the Alabama 24-yard line. The Tigers attempted to run directly at Williams. The massive defender was initially moved back by a impressively executed double-team block, but slid up and, with the help of multiple other Tide defenders, stopped LSU's Spencer Ware for no gain. It is precisely this type of run-stuffing ability that could make Williams the latest Alabama defensive lineman to earn a first round selection in the NFL draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/14/2012 - NG Jesse Williams (concussion), who missed last week's victory over Western Kentucky after waking up with bad headaches on game day, practiced on Monday and hopes to play at Arkansas. He passed baseline concussion tests before last week's game. - The Sports Xchange

09/11/2012 - NG Jesse Williams (concussion) was planning to play against Western Kentucky but woke up with a bad headache and ended up sitting out. Williams was able to practice Wednesday and Thursday, so there's hope he can play at Arkansas. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - NG Jesse Williams (concussion) was able to practice on Monday, but his status for this week's game isn't certain. Williams left the Michigan game in the first half and will need to pass certain tests before he can suit up for a game. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2012 - Alabama's impressive 41-14 victory over Michigan vaulted the Crimson Tide to No. 1 in the nation. In the latest AP poll released Tuesday, Alabama jumped Southern Cal and is joined by LSU, Oregon and Oklahoma in the top five. Alabama, the defending BCS national champion, hosts Western Kentucky on Saturday. The Crimson tide received 45 first-place votes compared to 11 ballots that put USC at No. 1. Southern Cal defeated Hawaii 49-10 on Saturday and plays Syracuse at East Rutherford, N.J. this week. LSU and Oregon posted convincing opening wins while Oklahoma was shaky out of the gate but left UTEP with a 24-7 win on Saturday night. Three more SEC teams -- seventh-ranked Georgia, eighth-ranked Arkansas and No. 9 South Carolina, which tied in this week's poll with West Virginia -- give the conference five of the top 10 teams in the nation. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Jesse Williams -- Moving from end to the nose means Williams is following in the footsteps of Terrance Cody and Josh Chapman, the anchors to Alabama's national championship defenses of 2009 and 2011. At 6-4 and 320 pounds, Williams has the strength and bulk to command double teams, which could give teammates chances to make plays behind the scrimmage line. - The Sports Xchange

08/14/2012 - Top-five Alabama prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. DL Jesse Williams...Under Saban Alabama typically has built its program with highly regarded high school recruits. In the case of Williams, the Crimson Tide went the junior college route. Williams, who grew up playing rugby and basketball in Brisbane, Australia only took up football at the age of 15. Once he joined the sport, however, it became obvious that his combination of size, power and athleticism could result in big things. Coaches from the University of Hawaii quickly recognized his talent when they were in Australia performing at a clinic and they got Williams, then 16 years-old, to commit to their program. It was soon discovered that Williams was missing an English and math class. Rather than spend another year in the classroom so that he could play at Hawaii, Williams elected to go to Western Arizona Community College. There, he quickly proved himself to be a man amongst boys, posting 76 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and six sacks over two seasons (18 games) and quickly earning recognition as one of the elite JUCO prospects in the country. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/14/2012 - Top-five Alabama prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. DL Jesse Williams...Last year, in his first season with the Tide, Williams started all 13 games as a five-technique defensive end, posting 24 tackles, including four tackles for loss and half a sack. Due to his agility, Williams was moved inside to defensive tackle on passing downs and it will be inside at nose guard that he'll play in 2012. Incredibly strong (he's reportedly maxed out on the bench press at 600 pounds) and surprisingly agile, Williams is the most athletically intriguing of this year's talented Alabama class. With only one season of top notch competition under his belt he's certainly a project but considering his tools and the coaching staff working with him, Williams is a good bet to join running back Eddie Lacy as a breakout candidate for the Tide and eventually earn heavy NFL draft consideration. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/07/2012 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: Alabama's offense is at its best when it's slowing the game down, but still moving the clock. Even without a Heisman trophy caliber running back, the Crimson Tide should have no issues running the ball and moving the chains behind an offensive line that is one of the most talented and experienced in the entire country. Mimicking last year's unprecedented success on defense is asking a lot, but Alabama's defense should strive to continue to be among the best in the country. It will have to do that with some new faces in new places end Jesse Williams is moving to nose guard and, simply, some new faces. Saban's recruiting over the years has spoken for itself. The Crimson Tide will just have a number of talented players seeing the first significant action of their respective careers. - The Sports Xchange

07/26/2012 - Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams has made waves since arriving in Tuscaloosa from his homeland of Australia, standing out with his unique look and big personality as well as his performance on the field. The latest feat from Williams that has fans buzzing came in the weight room on Thursday when the 320-pound lineman reportedly bench pressed 600 pounds. To give that achievement some perspective, former Memphis star Dontari Poe, the top bench press performer at this year's NFL Combine, maxed out at 500 pounds on the bench press. Williams earned plenty of praise from fans and others on Twitter after tweeting a photo of himself mid-lift but also earned plenty of praise from his fellow Crimson Tide teammates. "I saw @ThaMonstar (Jesse Williams) dominate 600 lbs on the bench this morning... Incredible" tweeted Alabama long snapper Carson Tinker. The Tide's presumed starter at center, Barrett Jones, seemed less enthusiastic about the achievement. "I have to block that..." Jones tweeted in response to Williams' big lift. The Brisbane, Australia native started every game for the Tide last season racking up 24 total tackles, including 4 tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries and a pass breakup. - Matt Scalici, Alabama Live

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DL Jesse Williams (84), Alabama, Sr., has been selected second team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC media. - Alabama football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - Jesse Williams, Alabama, has been selected second team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC head coaches. - Alabama football

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jesse Williams, DE, Alabama, 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. - The Rotary Club of Houston

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. - The Charlotte Touchdown Club

07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jesse Williams, Alabama, 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. - The Football Writers Association of America

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Jesse Williams, Alabama, DT, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. - The Maxwell Football Club

05/07/2012 - 2012 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jesse Williams, Alabama, DT, 6-4, 319 (Brisbane, Australia): New to football, helped anchor the No. 1 rush defense in the country last season (75 yards per game)...Contributed 22 tackles. - Lott IMPACT Trophy


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