Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad defensive lineman Sylvester Williams of North Carolina (92) prior to kickoff of a game against the Senior Bowl south squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft: NFL Mocks Lists UNC DT Sylvester Williams #8 Tackle in Draft


The Fansided Network’s NFL Draft experts from NFL Mocks lists North Carolina Tar Heels defensive tackle Sylvester Williams  as the #8 DT in the 2013 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.  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.

Here are the Top 10 backs in the draft according to NFL Mocks, for their complete listing visit NFL Mocks

  1. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah Utes
  2. Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State Buckeyes
  3. Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama Crimson Tide
  4. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri Tigers
  5. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia Bulldogs
  6. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue Boilermakers
  7. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida Gators
  8. Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina Tar Heels
  9. Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
  10. Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois Fighting Illini

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