ESPN Insider wrote:
Kiper: Getting Karlos Dansby in free agency frees the Dolphins to take Williams, who will in turn help an improved linebacking corps by occupying blockers and disrupting both the passing and running games. Williams is stout, strong and underrated as a disruptive force.
McShay: Jason Ferguson is a 35-year-old coming off a season-ending injury and facing an eight-game suspension. In other words, Miami would be wise to get help at nose tackle through the draft, and Williams is the premier two-gap player on the board.
ESPN Insider wrote:
Dan Williams | DThttp://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/dra ... r?id=25439
Scouts Inc. Grade: 93
"2005: Redshirt. 2006: (6/0) 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack. 2007: (14/10) 40 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 BK. 2008: (12/9) 48 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 PBU. 2009: (13/13) 70 tackles, 9 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 1 FR. First-team All-SEC (media), Second-team All-SEC (coaches). "
Possesses good size and strength especially in the lower body along with adequate mobility for size.
Durability is a minor concern as he suffered an ankle injury during the Alabama game in 2008 and was limited in the following contest against Northern Illinois.
Williams has had weight issues in the past which brings up some slight concerns about overall work ethic. No off-the-field issues we are currently aware of.
Defensive Tackle specific Traits
"Displays excellent overall strength, particularly in the lower body. Plays with a wide base and can anchor at the point of attack. Plays hard and displays a mean streak at times. Motor can run hot and cold as endurance appears to be an issue. "
"Lacks elite quickness off the snap of the ball. However, is heavy handed and displays a strong punch to control blockers on the interior. Plays with good balance always keeping his feet underneath him. "
Versus the Run 1
At his best versus the run. Plays with good leverage and rarely gives ground. Wins most one-on-one battles and does a good job of disengaging and redirecting to fall back into plays. Shows ability to consistently anchor against double teams and flashes ability to split them on occasion. Protects feet well against cut blocks. Moves well in space for size and work down the line in pursuit to get involved in runs off-tackle. Strong overall tackler and flashes explosion upon contact. Can get caught on occasion playing too high and can be washed down the line against down blocks.
Pass Rush Skills 3
A powerful bull-rusher that shows ability to collapse the pocket from the middle. Flashes an effective rip and spin move. But frequently comes out of stance high and lacks ability to counter once engaged with blockers. Closing burst is good but not great.
Not used for season >= 2010 N/A No information available at this time
1 = Exceptional 2 = Above average 3 = Average 4 = Below average 5 = Marginal