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Jesse Williams | Defensive Tackle

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/2/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 320

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Seahawks selected Alabama DT Jesse Williams with the No. 137 overall pick.
Williams (6-foot-3, 323) grew up playing basketball and rugby in Australia and is a hard-nosed, immovable 3-4 lineman with experience at both five technique and nose. He was Nick Saban's starting nose tackle in 2012. Country strong with a relentless motor, Williams drew a Haloti Ngata comparison from Doug Farrar of Football Outsiders after film study. Nicknamed "The Monstar," Williams tallied 61 tackles -- 6.5 for loss -- and 1.5 sacks as a two-year college starter. He ran forty times of 4.92 and 4.94 and pumped 27 bench reps before the draft. Williams apparently fell on draft day due to poor medicals, specifically knee issues. He could play either interior spot or possibly Red Bryant's defensive end role. Sat, Apr 27, 2013 02:12:00 PM

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Dallas Cowboys writer Bryan Broaddus suggested Alabama DL Jesse Williams is dealing with a knee issue.

Williams missed the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine after the BCS Championship game, but he did work out during the school's pro day. He didn't miss any games, but Williams was seen favoring his knee in a few games. There have been a lack of team visits, which could be related to the medical question, but Williams can play nose tackle or five technique.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 09:03:00 AM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock ranked Alabama DL Jesse Williams as the No. 97 overall prospect.

No explanation was attached to the rankings. This puts Williams below other defensive tackles like Bennie Logan, John Jenkins, and Brandon Williams. We think there is a chance the Alabama product is selected in the first-round, either has a block eating end in a three man front or nose tackle.
Sat, Apr 20, 2013 02:30:00 PM's Gil Brandt writes Alabama DL Jesse Williams is not worthy of a first round selection.

This is an opinion that we don't share, as Brandt adds that Williams is more of a second- to-third round prospect. Williams is strong and agile despite his massive size. He shows flashes of being a quality two-gap defender and potential in handling double team blocks. He ran a 4.91 40-yard dash at his pro day on Wednesday and did 30 reps of 225 pounds at the combine.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 06:21:00 PM

Alabama DL Jesse Williams ran a 4.91 forty at the school's pro day on Wednesday.

This is a great time for the strong nose tackle, but Williams has always flashed athleticism, especially at the end spot in 2011. We think he will be selected some time during the latter part of the first-round and projects at multiple spots along the defensive line.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 02:26:00 PM

Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports Alabama DL Jesse Williams will fully participate in March 13 pro day.

Williams only did the bench press at the combine and put up 30 reps of 225 pounds. He was recovering from a knee injury but appears to be ready to go for the school's pro day. It'll be interesting to see how Williams does in workouts, as they could boost him further up the draft. National Football Post's Russ Lande reported that some teams have given him a first round grade.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 05:13:00 PM

National Football Post's Russ Lande writes that teams are giving Alabama DL Jesse Williams first-round grades.

"Do not be shocked if a team like San Francisco or Baltimore at the end of the first round drafts him because he would fit so ideally in their defensive schemes," Lande wrote. Williams is a great fit in 3-4 defenses because of his ability to tie up blockers in run defense. He played nose tackle last season after moving from end.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 04:01:00 PM

Alabama has rescheduled their Pro Day for March 13.

The Crimson Tide football team is scheduled to visit the White House on Wednesday, so the move is necessary. Defensive lineman Jesse Williams should be put through the ringer after missing the Combine workouts. Expect Dee Milliner to stand on his numbers.
Mon, Mar 4, 2013 06:40:00 PM

Alabama senior DT Jesse Williams tweeted a picture of himself benching 600 pounds during a preseason workout.

Williams is slated to take over the nose tackle spot this season for the departed Josh Chapman, who played the role of a two down run stuffer perfectly. The senior is built a bit differently than his predecessor, standing at 6'3/320 pounds, but this display of strength is a welcome sight for the Crimson Tide. To give some perspective, Dontari Poe was the top bench press performer at last year's combine and was said to have maxed out at 500 pounds in workouts.
Sat, Jul 28, 2012 04:29:00 PM

Alabama senior NT Jesse Williams is "poised for a big season," according to SI's Tony Pauline.

Pauline calls Williams "an underrated defensive lineman with unlimited potential." The 6'3/320 pounder is rough around the edges but flashes athleticism, explosion, and strength. Pauline projects a second-round grade for Williams, who is making the move to nose tackle in place of the departing Josh Chapman.
Fri, Jul 13, 2012 06:12:00 PM

Alabama senior DT Jesse Williams will shift over to nose tackle for his final season, a spot held last year by Josh Chapman.

We considered Chapman, a Colts fifth-round pick, the top run defender in the country last season, so he leaves behind a sizable vacancy. Williams (6'3/320) possesses a different frame than Chapman's fire hydrant build, but will attempt to play behind the line of scrimmage more often compared to Chapman's immovable style. With plenty of starting experience, Williams is a seasoned prospect but needs to prepare for immediate double-teams, something he has admitted to struggling with in the past.
Mon, Jun 25, 2012 12:21:00 AM