Leonard Williams Falls To New York Jets, Making Todd Bowles' Defense Stronger
USA Today Sports

Position: DT/DE

School: USC

Year: Junior

Measurements: 6’5, 302 lbs. 34 5/8” arms, 10 5/8” hands

Collegiate Stats: 39 games, 218 total tackles, 36.5 tackles for loss, 21 sacks, 2 interceptions, 8 passes defensed, 5 forced fumbles

Combine Measurements: 4.97 second 40-yard dash, 29.5” vertical jump, 106” broad jump, 7.59 second 3-cone drill, 4.53 second 20-yard shuttle

Other Notables: 2014 First-team All-Pac 12, finalist for Hendricks Award and semi-finalist for Lombardi, Bednarik, and Lott IMPACT Trophy.

About Williams: USC DT/DE Leonard Williams is probably the best overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft. He is very versatile in the fact that he can play as either a defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme or defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. Williams has elite power, length, and athleticism. Williams has a very high motor and will never give up on a play. He bullies offensive lineman with great hand use to get to the quarterback or running back. Williams was often double-teamed in 2014 but somehow found the way to the football. He can bat passes away with his long arms. He is still very raw and wins with his athletic traits rather than technique. If he has proper coaching, he can turn into a consistent All-Pro-type player. Scouts say he and wide receiver Amari Cooper are the only safe bets to be home-run players in the entire draft.

Bottom Line: Williams has a very high floor and an even higher ceiling. He will be a consistent Pro-Bowler and All-Pro with the right coaches. He likely shouldn't have fell as far as he did, and the Jets may be a bit of a clunky fit, but nonetheless, he will be a star in the league. He's going to be a 21-year-old rookie, and playing beside Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson, he will mature quickly.

NFL Comparison: Kevin Williams (Seattle Seahawks)

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