Prospect: Trevardo Williams, OLB, ConnecticutTrevardo Williams

Height: 6’1¼”

Weight: 241 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Put athleticism on display at the combine with 4.57 40 yard dash, 38” vertical, broad jump over 10’
  • Closes quickly in pursuit, impressive long speed with a second gear
  • Explosive first step off the ball in both two and three point stances
  • Doesn’t have the flexible hips you look for in an edge rusher who likes to turn the corner, struggles with balance occasionally as well
  • Quick feet to beat blockers laterally after engaging them
  • Impressive strength from both upper and lower body, chiseled build
  • Lacks the height and length preferred in pass rushers, frame may be maxed out as well

Intelligence/Effort:

  • Natural feel for timing up snap counts, often off the ball before offensive tackles were
  • Significant ball awareness and play recognition, quick to pick up moving parts around him even while engaged
  • Not always an extra effort run defender, got the ball at a relatively low rate, may be due to scheme partly
  • Relentless pass rusher with a nose for the football

Pass Rush:

  • Speed rush specialist who wants to win around the edge with a quick first step and speed to finish
  • Finishes corner rushes by batting hands of blockers away with active hands of his own
  • Will set up his speed rushes with a step to the inside before darting outside, is a pass rusher with a plan
  • Rushes with disciplined arcs, keeps leverage on quarterbacks and doesn’t take himself out of plays
  • Strong initial punch to jolt blockers but can’t drive back pass blockers onto their heels
  • Unable to convert speed to power without space to work with due to size limitations
  • Lacks hand strength to control a blocker when initial speed rush fails, lacks combination moves
  • Deadly coming from outside to inside on stunts, handful for interior lineman with his speed and lateral quickness, keeps pads low throughout

Run Support:

  • Consistently stands up offensive tackles at the point of attack with low pads and leg drive
  • Stacking at the line seems to be his only objective, often uninterested in shedding to pursue unless the ball comes through his gaps
  • Sets the edge very well when asked, a much more engaged run defender on the edge, plays to his skillset
  • Raw tackling technique when he arrives at the ball, fails to wrap often and tries to take down ball carriers on power alone
  • Very little experience coming forward from a position of space as a run defender or reading keys and diagnosing plays from the second level

Coverage:

  • No notable experience in pass coverage, was used exclusively as a pass rusher with Connecticut
  • Footwork, reading quarterbacks, route concepts, and coverage schemes all part of a massive transition ahead if asked to cover at all

Overall:

Trevardo Williams may have been the most explosive pass rusher that nobody seems to be talking about.  The Jamaican put up an impressive showing at the combine, aided by the fact he was grouped in with the defensive linemen.  Williams was an incredibly productive pass rusher throughout his time at Connecticut, recording 30.5 sacks in his 30 career starts.  He also filled up the statsheet with 40.5 career tackles for loss and 5 forced fumbles.  He combines speed and an explosive first step and penchant for timing snap counts to terrorize quarterbacks in the backfield.  Williams completely took over multiple games, recording 2.5 sacks against North Carolina State and 3 against Louisville.  He’s still an incomplete pass rusher due to a lack of move variety and power.  He will really benefit from a move to a wider alignment in a 4-3 or to the outside in a 3-4 defense.  If he gets drafted into a 3-4, you can expect him to play on the strong side and not be given coverage duties any time soon.  Williams may just be one of the most slept-on prospects in the draft this year.  His production and athletic ability are going to be hard to overlook and are truly deserving of a pick at the end of the second round or early in the third.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Trevardo Williams Scouting Report

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