DE Sam Williams, Mississippi

6’4” – 261 lbs. – 4.46

Well-built defensive end who has started at least six games in each season, breaking out last year. Played on a lot of three-man defensive lines, taking snaps from both sides, usually out of a four-point stance. High-effort rusher who is explosive from wide techniques, with the first step to threaten the edge. Active with his hands, and varies his approach enough to keep opponents guessing. Closes fast when he finds a lane. Very nice two-gap run defender whose contact balance is impressive. Shows the ability to lock out defenders and locate the football in the run game. Sheds at the appropriate time to make stops at the line of scrimmage. Clearly has a lot of natural power, as his frame is somewhat linear and high-cut and he struggles to play with consistent leverage, but managed to hold his ground. Get-off can be inconsistent as a pass-rusher. Doesn’t seem to have the best flexibility to bend a smooth arc without gathering; will wipe out periodically when trying to turn the corner. Would like to see him incorporate a more consistent power element to his rushes. Had excellent pre-draft workouts, but doesn’t look quite as explosive on tape. Teams will have to look into his 2020 suspension to make sure they’re comfortable with his character. Looks like a potential strong-side defensive end on an even front which asks their linemen to read and react in the run game.

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