Williams has proven himself to be a quick learner on the football field. He didn’t start playing until his freshman year of high school, and then switched from offensive tackle and tight end to defensive end halfway through his senior campaign, even as a lean 228-pounder—playing well enough to earn looks from up-and-coming programs like FIU. His natural athleticism has remained as he’s gained 40 pounds in college.
He actually transferred from Miami’s Carol City High School to Norland for his junior and senior seasons before staying in town to matriculate to FIU. Williams played all 12 games as a true freshman, starting one and accounting for 28 tackles, five for loss, and a sack, as well as two blocked kicks. Williams then earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors in 2010 (46 tackles, 13.5 for loss, six sacks) and again realized that accolade in his second year as a full-time starter as a junior (32 stops, 13 for loss, 4.5 sacks, four pass break-ups). As a senior this year, Williams racked up 46 tackles (14.5 for loss), 6.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. His play had him selected to the 2012 All-Sun Belt Conference first-team.
Takes upfield angle with a strong burst. Eats up ground in a hurry, and closes quickly on the ball carrier. Loves to take the inside lane while pass rushing, evades blocker with a lateral move and closes on the quarterback in just two steps. Showcases a variety of pass rushing moves. Sets up his blockers well. Is occasionally asked to drop into coverage. Moves very well laterally, beats the running back to the edge on an option run. Big plays come from speed around the edge or splitting B gap with quick move. Shows the potential to hold the edge well against the run, outside arm free while strafing the line of scrimmage to force back inside. Has a solid motor and comes to hit.
Short arms. Unable to lock his arms out and create space between himself and the blocker. Not a very strong punch, not overly violent with his hands. Does not deal with cut blocks well, no use of hands on low blocks, loses footing and goes to the ground with forward momentum. Plays with an open target due to high pad level. Doesn’t have great snap awareness, or a great first step. Movements are not fluid on ambiguous downs, appears indecisive. Plays too tight and small when left unblocked on the edge. Not strong or technical enough to be a reliable run defender. Pursues well down the line, but noticably loses speed when asked to chase longer. Gets lost in zone coverage, struggles to turn and find receivers.
This Miami native didn’t play football until high school, and started lining up at defensive end during his senior season (after transferring from Carol City to Norland for the last two years of secondary education). Staying in his hometown to play for the up-and-coming FIU program proved to be a very good move, as Sun Belt coaches named him an all-conference selection the past three years. He has good speed around the edge, and great short area burst, but he has short arms, and doesn’t use his hands all that well. As of right now, he best projects as a situational pass rushing 4-3 defensive end.