#66 Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State (DII)
HGT: 6-2 WGT: 341
Small-School prospects must be phenomenal to get a look at the next level. Meet Brandon Williams of Division II, Missouri Southern State (MIAA). Williams had a productive true-freshman year in 2008, then missed 2009 with a medical red-shirt, bounced back and had monster years in 2010 and 2011 which garnered him All-American honors from multiple outlets at the end of both respected seasons. Already after 4 games this season, Williams has recorded 30 tkls; 7 tfls; 4 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. Brandon Williams came in to the 2012 season on many pre-season All-American list and also on the Senior Bowl Watch List. Williams career totals to date: 158 tkls; 43 tfls; 22.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles.
Williams has dominated his level. Has good bulk, thick through the lower body. Plays with good power. Shows agility and a good motor for a guy his size. Displays good short-area quickness. Plays with good pad level, often gets under his opponents pads and drives them back. Locks out and disengages off of blocks well. When run goes away, does a good job of getting flat down the line of scrimmage to make the play. Is very Stout at the point of attack. Does a good job taking on and splitting double teams. Had a very solid showing at the senior bowl.
Did not play against elite competition at MSSU. Is a bit on the short side just under 6-2. Does not possesses the elite explosive 1st step you would like to see. Needs work on using his hands to create leverage. Not a legit pass rush threat, most effective when he can get a good jump and use power. At times he gets widened out of his pass-rush lane, needs to squeeze the pocket. At times gets reached when he lunges instead of stepping to his visual key. Must improve dropping his head on contact and getting it buried in to the offensive lineman’s chest. Needs to do a better job attacking half man.
Overall Brandon Williams is a very disruptive run-defender, who eats up blocks. Although he plays a lot of 3 technique at Missouri Southern, Williams will be a Nose Tackle in the NFL. The Senior Bowl was huge in terms of evaluation for Williams, seeing how he did not play against elite competition at MSSU, he proved that he can play at a high level.