Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina Pic #92 Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

                                                 HGT: 6-3      WGT: 313 

                                                 YR: SR         Pos: DT

Career Stats:

96 TKLS; 20.5 TFL; 8.5 sacks; 1 FF; 1 FR

2012 Stats:

42 TKLS; 13.5 TFL; 6.0 sacks; 6 QB hurries

Pros:

  • Ideal length, arms
  • Stout build, thick lower body
  • Good overall power at the POA
  • Relentless effort to QB
  • Impressive first step quickness
  • Good short area quickness and lateral movement
  • Able to generate power in order to push pocket and create penetration
  • Properly fights across O-Lineman’s face
  • Understands gap integrity
  • Displays a violent disengage
  • Ideal leverage
  • Demonstrates a pass rushing arsenal
  • Looks to “Win” with quickness (Relies on swim move)
  • Consistently attacks half man
  • Great hand violence in run and pass game
  • Exhibits ideal instincts (Able to feel screen game)
  • Display ability to split double teams with quickness

Cons:

  • Needs to keep his shoulders square to LOS in run game
  • Would like to see more of an initial six inch punch versus run game, tends to lean into O-Lineman (Relies on quickness)
  • Far too often on the ground
  • Would like to see more consistency with hand placement
  • Needs more consistency in motor
  • Exhibits good pad level but needs to be cautious of allowing it to rise
  • At times looks to “Win” with quickness (Swim move) versus run game, tends to exposes body

Thoughts:

Having played only one year of High School Football and two years of Junior College Football, Sylvester Williams possesses a huge upside.  After evaluating film on Williams I came away impressed.  There is a lot to like about his game.  Williams displays a good first step, short area quickness and overall power but the thing that I found intriguing is his ability to rush the passer.  Not only is it rare to find a collegiate edge rusher with an arsenal of hand movement let alone an interior defensive lineman.  Williams is projected as a 3-Techinique.