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Post by RAIDERRED » Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:47 am

Williams definitely fits the size profile, standing 6-6 and 329. He stepped over from his usual right tackle spot to the left side for the Sooners' bowl win over Alabama, but could he handle a similar switch in the NFL? Or is he destined to be used more like ex-Oklahoma lineman Phil Loadholt, as strictly a right tackle?

Loadholt has become a dominant run-blocker for the Vikings; right now, Williams might be stronger holding up in the passing game, though he has the strength to keep improving as a road-grader. Already with 23 starts under his belt, Williams has too much top-level experience and far too much potential to be overlooked come draft time.
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Post by RAIDERRED » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:02 am

The better of the two starting senior Oklahoma tackles, Williams has the skill-set to develop into an NFL starter, likely on his college right tackle spot. His kick slide needs ample work, and he plays too high at times thanks to his focus on dominating with his hands. However, he can be a mauler once engaged, finishing to the ground initially and having success at the second level. His ability to immediately contribute in the run game and his coachable issues as a pass protector could lead him to rise up in terms of his draft grade if he can improve in 2014.
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Re: Daryl Williams

Post by RAIDERRED » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:07 am

STRENGTHS

Physical at the point of attack. Comes off snap with bad intentions and rolls hips under him to drive defender off the ball. Tough guy who leads by example on the field. Works to the whistle and enjoys the one-on-one run-game scraps. Competes as a pass blocker. Sees and reacts well to twists. Has power in his hands. Buries defenders on down blocks. Outstanding football character and overall work ethic.

WEAKNESSES

Below-average athleticism. Won't be much of a factor in getting back-side cut-off blocks against quick linebackers. Gets weight forward and will lose balance. Marginal lateral movement. Plodder. Shuffles and gallops to wide pass sets. Struggled against Baylor and rung up for three holding calls. Unable to smoothly change directions and redirect. Body control needs improvement.

DRAFT PROJECTION Round 5

BOTTOM LINE

Williams is a competitive player with all the football character you want and NFL power to match. When he gets defenders lined up in his sweet spot, he can drive them out of the play. Winning with guile and toughness over skill, Williams' lack of functional athleticism is a concern and might be a catalyst for a move inside to guard.
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Re: Daryl Williams

Post by RAIDERRED » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:08 am

STRENGTHS:

Williams looks the part with excellent body thickness throughout and an anchor to hold his ground. He is surprisingly quick off the ball and has the flexibility and balance to turn and seal defenders, without relying on his best assets - his natural mass and strength. Williams has heavy hands which he uses to latch onto and control opponents. He keeps his legs churning through contact as a drive-blocker, generating movement at the point of attack. Williams' comfort in sliding to his right in pass protection is clear. He shows impressive agility and balance, keeping his knees bent while creating a large arc for defenders to circle around. Four-year starter at Oklahoma and yet still accepted an invitation to play at the Senior Bowl, providing evidence of his love of the game and willingness to compete.

WEAKNESSES:

Is athletic for a player of his size but doesn't possess elite foot quickness and therefore will always be susceptible to speedy edge rushers. Over-sets, on occasion in anticipation of speed rushes and can leave himself vulnerable to counters back to the inside. Wasn't as impressive at the Senior Bowl as he'd appeared on tape. Could project inside to guard for some teams but hasn't played this position.

PLAYER COMPARISON:

Phil Loadholt, Vikings -- Stoops likes his offensive linemen to be massive road-grader types and so it is no coincidence that Williams offers a similar combination of size, power and relative reliability as the Vikings' 2009 second round pick.
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Re: Daryl Williams

Post by RAIDERRED » Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:10 am

Daryl Williams is an experienced veteran at right tackle who projects as a starting-caliber player in the NFL. While he lacks elite athletic traits to suggest All-Pro potential, he has the kind of size, length and baseline athleticism to suggest above-average success as a starter. He didn’t look good on an island during drills at the 2015 Senior Bowl, and that is likely to drop his stock a bit. But on film, he plays with a tough, aggressive and intelligent style that teams will find appealing. His scheme diversity is an added plus, as his all-around skill set will make him a fit in either a ZBS or in-line power game while also offering the kind of talent in pass protection to help keep a starting quarterback upright. Daryl Williams won’t be the first tackle drafted, but he will have a long and reliable career as a solid starter on the right side for several years.
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"He's a humble kid," notes Brown. "He's a very intelligent kid. He talks about a lot of things other than football. He's interested in a lot of things other than football. But he wants to be the greatest to put on pads, so I'm going to help him get there."

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Re: Daryl Williams

Post by 34yearsnow » Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:30 pm

What he brings: He has excellent length and power, and when he locks on against pass-rushers he can keep them at bay. But he has athletic limitations that show up against speed rushers and could make him a liability in the NFL. He can overpower people as a run-blocker with his massive frame and raw power.
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Re: Daryl Williams

Post by 34yearsnow » Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:31 pm

Funny....allowed ZERO sacks in 2014.....one/half in 2013.
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