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Leonard Williams | Defensive Tackle

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (20) / 6/20/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 300

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USC junior DL Leonard Williams is considered "a lock" to enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Rand Getlin.
Getlin notes Williams has been "hedging" on his decision, but it seems to be practically set in stone. It would be a major shock if Williams decided to stay even before this update. Many view Williams a top five lock, but he does have issues getting off the line of scrimmage in a timely manner. Dec 16 - 1:09 PM

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USC junior DL Leonard Williams has been named one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award, given to the nation's top defensive end.

The other 5 finalists are Missouri's Shane Ray, Washington's Hau'oli Kikaha, Clemson's Vic Beasley, Utah's Nate Orchard and Ohio State's Joey Bosa. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Williams has 71 tackles, with 8.5 for losses with 6 sacks on his 2014 resume. The USC prospect leads the team in forced fumbles (3) along with 3 deflections, an interception and a fumble recovery. Williams is a superb physical specimen and has been compared to the likes of, J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy and Richard Seymour.
Dec 4 - 3:16 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams said, "I might come back just to beat [UCLA]."

After the Trojans were dominated on Saturday by the Bruins, Williams fell to 0-3 against USC's crosstown rivals. Consider his quote a fun venting of frustration, because it would be a stunner if the projected top-5 pick returned. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah recently compared Williams to former Patriots All-Pro Richard Seymour, and he's also been likened to J.J. Watt and Gerald McCoy. "Before I went in there, I thought this guy had a lot of hype. When I saw him, I thought he is the real deal," one scout told Sports Illustrated. "He's got a great body, quick off the ball. He did have that shoulder surgery, so he's a little bit behind strength-wise, but he still has plenty of strength. He's got tremendous upside."
Nov 26 - 8:14 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams looked like a top-5 pick in the UCLA game even though he didn't record a sack, according to Pro Football Focus.

Though he didn't have a sack, Williams recorded three knockdowns and two hurries in his 25 pass rushing snaps. His performance was graded at +4.8 by the website. "Williams is the stud of this unit and talked about as a potential Top-5 pick," wrote Sam Monson. "He looked that in this game even if he didn’t have a sack. Was a force against the run all game long." Williams is a superb physical specimen at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds who has been compared to, among others, J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy and Richard Seymour.
Nov 24 - 10:49 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams "was every bit as dominant as expected" on Saturday against UCLA, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Rang and colleague Dane Brugler each project Williams as the No. 1 overall pick in this spring's draft. Despite facing constant double teams, Williams recorded a sack and forced a fumble. Because he drew so much attention, his defensive line mates often had open lanes to get into the backfield. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Williams could be an NFL star from Day 1.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 23 - 11:48 PM

One NFL scout called USC junior DL Leonard Williams "the real deal" after watching him in person.

"He's got a great body, quick off the ball. He did have that shoulder surgery, so he's a little bit behind strength-wise, but he still has plenty of strength," the scout said. "He's got tremendous upside, and he's definitely a consideration for that top pick." He then highlighted the Arizona tape as the one to watch. We are not saying he is a comparable prospect skill wise, but look for Williams to play a J.J. Watt type role for an NFL team.
Source: LA Times
Nov 21 - 8:49 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that USC junior DL Leonard Williams' skill-set is "exactly what NFL teams covet in the trenches."

"The stats for the "Big Cat" aren't striking, but he has also toughed through an ankle injury most of the season and his flexibility, movement skills and point of attack strength are exactly what NFL teams covet in the trenches," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Williams has a team-best 6.0 sacks on the season, but has been battling through an ankle injury all year. Brugler adds that, Williams "is the most likely player to hear his name called first at the podium by the commissioner."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 20 - 2:36 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that through 10 games, USC junior DL Leonard Williams has been "the best player [he's] seen on the field this season."

Williams has been sitting atop Rang's draft board for most of the season. The CBS Sports' analyst wrote that "[Williams is] too quick for guards and too strong for tackles, wreaking havoc along the line of scrimmage against the run and pass." Williams is a physical specimen at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds and has been compared to, among others, J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy and Richard Seymour. If he's not selected with the first pick, he will still almost certainly go within the Top-5.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 19 - 6:01 PM

NFL.com's Bryan Fischer wrote that USC junior DL Leonard Williams "flashed a lot of the attributes that have NFL scouts buzzing" in Thursday's win over Cal.

Fischer noted that "although [Williams] didn't have the big stat line that his teammates did, defensive lineman Leonard Williams continued to shine [on Thursday]." The big stat lines that Fischer's referring to came from offensive teammates Cody Kessler and Nelson Agholor. Williams had 1.5 sacks. "He played both defensive end and tackle and was able to create a consistent push on every snap. If he wasn't getting to the quarterback...he was shedding blocks and wrapping up ball carriers. At one point, Cal attempted to run a play away from him and block him one-on-one, but Williams still ended up making a play" observed Fischer. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound junior is expected to go in the Top-10 in the draft and could well be selected with the first pick.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 14 - 5:44 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams recorded 1.5 sacks in the school's 38-30 win over Cal.

Williams was injured with a high ankle sprain to start the season but still managed to make an impact. It likely hurt his get off and ability to drive on counter moves. Now healthier, Williams continues to look great and will almost certainly be selected in the top 10 this spring.
Nov 14 - 9:48 AM

According to Football Outsiders' Aaron Shatz, the Oakland Raiders landed the No. 1 draft pick in 53.6% of his projections.

Football Outsiders simulated the remainder of the NFL season 2,000 times and Oakland ended up with the first pick in 53.6% of projections. The next three highest percentage chances came for the Tampa Buccaneers (20.7%), Jacksonville Jaguars (17.5%) and the New York Jets (4.9%). In CBS Sports' mock drafts, Oakland is projected to draft USC junior DL Leonard Williams.
Nov 13 - 8:05 PM

Inside USC's Scott Wolf reports that USC junior DL Leonard Williams was named as one of the nine semifinalists for the Lott Trophy.

The Lott trophy is presented to the nation’s defensive player who best represents integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity. The versatile 6-foot-5, 300-pound Williams is looking like he could be a top 10 or 5 selection in next year's draft. The USC prospect has been compared to the likes of J.J. Watt, Gerald McCoy and Richard Seymour.
Nov 12 - 3:00 PM

USC junior DL Leonard Williams remained limited in practice this week with a shoulder injury, but is expected to play versus Washington State.

Williams has battled injuries all season, but you would not be able to tell with his play. The ultra talented defensive linemen moves between gaps and wins at each, which is true versatility.
Oct 30 - 10:53 AM

One AFC scout told NFL media he has zero concerns or questions regarding USC junior DL Leonard Williams' motor.

"You always worry about motor with defensive linemen... When I watch Leonard Williams play, I see Richard Seymour," the scout said. You will see Williams listed as a defensive end in many rankings, but he will almost certainly play a 5 or 3 technique role for an odd or multiple front. If everything checks out, look for Williams to be a top 10 or 5 selection.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 9:35 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang calls USC junior DL Leonard Williams a "physical mismatch" who could entice the Raiders at the number one pick.

The Raiders are set at quarterback with Derek Carr. Rang sees as Williams as a "physical mismatch too quick for interior lineman and too powerful for offensive tackles" to handle. Rang previously noted that scouts were comparing the 6-foot-5, 290-pound junior to such current NFL studs as J.J. Watt and Gerald McCoy. A prime example of Williams' ability to dominate came several weeks back, when he recorded eleven tackles and a sack against Stanford, earning him Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 29 - 4:46 PM