John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
A big small school Defensive Tackle prospect for the Broncos
Among the prospects the Denver Broncos should consider picking up in the 2013 NFL Draft in April, is an outstanding small school Defensive Tackle named Brandon Williams.
The 6’3, 341 lb. product out of Missouri Southern State ranks 8th out of 211 Defensive Tackle prospects across the nation and 71st overall in 2013. He is projected as a late 2nd/early 3rd round selection in this year’s draft.
Brandon finished 2012 as the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year, with 68 Tackles, 16.5 Tackles For Loss, 8.5 Sacks, two Pass Breakups, 8 Quarterback Hurries, five Forced Fumbles and a Safety.
The 5th year Senior finished his college career playing in 42 games, with 191 Tackles, 52.5 TFL’s, 27 Sacks, 7 Pass Breakups and 5 Forced Fumbles for a whopping 1.89 Production Ratio.
Williams was a unanimous All-MIAA selection in 2011. He was also named All-Region and All-American for a second straight season. Brandon appeared in 9 of the Lions 10 games and finished the season with 35 Tackles, 16 TFL’s, 8 Sacks, 5 Pass Breakups and 3 quarterback Hurries.
After sitting out 2009 with a medical redshirt, Brandon returned strong in 2010. He had 50 Tackles
and led the Lions with 9 Sacks and 17 TFL’s, earning spots on three-different All-American teams.
In 2008, Williams showed great potential by competing in every game as a true freshman. He finished the year with 38 Tackles, three TFL’s and 1.5 Sacks.
Williams has been a multiple All-American pick over his four years at Southern and looks to be the highest-drafted player to come out of MSSU. In December, Williams was named the Division II National Defensive Player of the Year by Beyond Sports Network.
Williams will likely play as a nose tackle in the Pros, but he can play any position along the Defensive Front, from a 0-technique to a 5-technique.
Asked what position he projected himself to play in the NFL:
"I can play in either scheme, a 3-4 or 4-3 because in college I played the whole D line and then, and when we went to our 3-3 stuff, I was the outside 5-tech as well as over the center. I played in any and every position, so I am comfortable playing in any scheme."
When asked what he wanted to show teams during the [Combine] process:
"I want to show them just because I’m a small school guy doesn’t mean [I can’t play]. I’m a small school guy but I can hang with the best of them. You know, I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t take no for an answer. If you tell me I can’t do something I am going to prove you wrong. I’m going to show them that no matter who the competition is, I’m the guy for it."
NFL.COM DRAFT GRADE - 69.15
Williams has dominated his level of competition. Of course, the biggest thing going against him is the lack of playing against top tier competition. He has the size and agility, and plays with good power. Brandon will need to work on his hand technique for leverage at the next level. He has a strong determination, rises to the challenge when someone says he can’t do something and is eager to prove that in the NFL. He is a very disruptive run-defender, who will eat up blocks and double teams. He played a lot of 3 technique at Missouri Southern, but should translate to the Nose Tackle in the Pros.
Brandon Williams - Drive To Make It
Three-time All-Americans are rare at any level of football and Small-School players simply must be phenomenal to get a look at the next level. Brandon Williams is all that and more. At least that’s what I think. This is a young player destined to succeed and if the Broncos pick him up they will get the impact player they are seeking on the interior of their Defensive Line.