NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: UNC DT Sylvester Williams
|03.19.13 at 7:03 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Defensive tackle
School: North Carolina
Weight: 313 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-ACC first team (coaches, media), 2012 Pro Football Weekly All-American, Junior College All-America honorable mention
What he brings: Williams’ size is an obvious plus, as are his quick first step and his strong arms, which makes his swim move highly effective (though NFL.com notes he may be too reliant on that move). He has speed for his size and has shown versatility and the ability to move well laterally. Scouts have seen his power in short bursts and project him as a starting defensive tackle at the NFL level. His strength against the run doesn’t necessarily translate to strong play against the pass, where he’s occasionally struggled due to a lack of flexibility, and that could result in him being rotated out against pass-heavy offenses at the next level.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 3
Notes: Williams transferred to North Carolina in 2011 after playing two seasons at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. He quit playing football in high school after just one year but decided to play at Coffeyville after spending some time working at Modine Manufacturing Company, making radiator parts for trucks. He started all 25 games in his two years at UNC, posting 42 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses and six sacks as a senior.
Video: Here’s a look at Williams in action vs. NC State this past season.