2015 NFL Draft Profile: DE Leonard Williams, USC


A potential top 10 pick, Leonard Williams, would be a good fit with the New York Giants. That is because Williams is a top talent that would go well with anybody.

Williams perhaps fits best as a 3-4 defensive end. That is because he has the prototypical build for that position. He is a long armed 6-5, which allows him to see past the offensive lineman he is working against.

The long arms allow him to get inside of offensive linemen and drive them. The 300 pound Williams is a space eating run stuffer. He also has the quickness to get after the passer and make plays in the backfield.

While Williams fits best as a 5 technique (over the tackle) in the 3-4 scheme, he is certainly capable of being a great 4-3 defensive end. Williams recorded 21 sacks as a defensive end in 3 seasons at USC. As stated before Williams is a disciplined run defender, in on 80 tackles of the 2014 season.


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  • Strong and tall body
  • Long arms
  • Keeps legs driving throughout the play
  • Quick, strong hands, helps him win battle in trenches
  • Versatility
  • High Football IQ
  • High Motor
  • Explodes off the ball
  • Good tackler
  • Uses both quickness and strength to get to the quarterback


  • Can play with high pad level

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2015 NFL Draft Projection: Top 10

It would be hard to see Williams fall out of the top 10. Williams is a great talent. Most importantly he is a solid and safe pick. You know you will get a productive defensive end. He very easily could go in the top 5. He would be a bargain at the 9th pick for the New York Giants.

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