Scouting Report: This time last year, and even up until August of this year, Williams was the best tackle in the country. Then he put his hand on the ground, and everything went wrong from that point forward. Williams has a huge body, with long arms, and a powerful build. The problem is, his game is more finesse than power. He's got great feet for a man his size, and does an excellent job moving laterally and getting his arms out and keeping defenders off of him. But he doesn't work as physical as he should in the run game, and just doesn't play with the energy level we saw last year. He's got good posture keeps his pads low, and is very good at play recognition. He does a fin job in identifying and picking up the blitz and works pretty well in space, and gets to the second level. But compared to last year, Williams overall level of play is down. His run blocking has gotten much worse, and he has lost some of his discipline, often taking plays off, especially in pass protection, allowing rushers to get up into his pads and overpower him.
Draft Status:At this point, I'm not certain Williams is a first round pick. Last year, Phil Loadholt was the Sooner tackle who fell, but he ended up in Minnesota, moved back to the right side, and is having a phenomenal year. The same could be said for Williams. His junior year doesn't just go away because his senior year has been down. He's been surrounded by backups. All in all, I think some team will roll the dice on him late in the first round.
Final Analysis: In the final analysis, I think Williams is an NFL right tackle. His game fell off the cliff when he was moved to the left, and honestly he probably won't ever play on the left in the NFL. His game came to him much more naturally on the right side, and I will be curious to see if he is put back on the right, if he can once again play at the elite level he did as a Junior. He has all the tools, and considering what we've seen of him, the upside is there.
Reminds me of: David Stewart, OT Tennessee Titans-Stewart is one of the better RT's in the NFL and much of that comes from his ability to pass protect. Williams strength is pass protection, but we've seen he can be a great run blocker at times. If he can elevate his run blocking to a level of Stewart's he'll be in great shape in the NFL.
Red Flags: Injuries
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy