UNC DT Sylvester Williams play in today’s Senior Bowl is extremely important for his stock in this years NFL Draft.
Williams came to UNC after two seasons in Community College and started all 25 games during his two seasons in Chapel Hill. As a senior, he posted 42 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses and 6.0 sacks to earn a place on the Pro Football Weekly All-America team and was also a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer.
Williams is projected to go anywhere from the mid first round in some mock drafts to mid-late second round in others making his performance at today’s Senior Bowl even more important. This draft is deep with quality defensive lineman and Williams ranks anywhere from fourth to eighth among defensive tackles it’s anyone’s guess where Williams will end up.
Sylvester has a lot of upside with a natural big body that make him a fit on almost any defensive front in both 3-4 and 4-3 systems in the NFL. Possesses a very quick first step and a lethal swim move, a lot of natural strength with the ability to pull down the ball carrier with one arm if the offensive lineman cannot fully engage his entire body. Solid pass rusher with decent pursuit skills for his size who is stout against the run.
The knock on Williams is his focus as he is perceived to sometimes relax or take plays off, has a tendency to play like a star at times while also disappearing for long stretches. Williams has only five years of football experience and is viewed as a prospect with a lot of upside.