NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: UNC OT Brennan Williams
|03.21.13 at 7:14 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 of a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Offensive tackle
School: North Carolina
Weight: 318 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-ACC honorable mention (coaches)
What he brings: Draft analysts have been impressed with Williams’ height, athletic makeup and arm strength. NFL.com has also noted how his length assists him with riding defensive ends around the pocket and stopping them completely if they try the inside lane. Williams displays the ability to come off the ball hard and stays with run blocks throughout a play. Analysts note that even when Williams is beaten by his opponent, he is quick enough to recover due to his athleticism and arm length.
Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-5
Notes: Williams missed the final four games of the 2012 season due to a torn labrum. In his 2011 junior season, he finished with 30 regular-season knockdowns, placing him third on the team. … His father, Brent, played 11 years in the NFL at defensive end, spending time with the Patriots (1986-93), Seahawks and Jets. Brent registered 45.5 sacks in his career. … Brennan grew up in Easton and attended Catholic Memorial. His brother, Carmen, is a linebacker at Ohio State. … According to Brennan’s Tar Heels athletic profile, the Patriots are the NFL team he would most like to join.
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Video: Here are some highlights of Williams in a 2012 game vs. Virginia Tech.