North Practice Notes: DT Sylvester Williams Dominates
Vikings Blog | North Practice Notes: DT Sylvester Williams Dominates
The star of the show for the North team on Tuesday was clearly North Carolina DT Sylvester Williams. He displayed a combination of size, strength and quickness that could make him a dominant player in the NFL. In a one-on-one drill with Kent State G Brian Winters, Williams used a quick rip move to get past the blocker and find the QB. Then moments later in a drill where the defensive linemen were working against double-teams, Williams split the two players blocking him with ease to make a play.
Williams, who goes by ďSlyĒ instead of Sylvester, measured in at the Senior Bowl a touch over 6-2 and at 313 pounds. He has a solid base and good upper body strength, which allows him to anchor well and also fend off blockers with his arms so he can penetrate the backfield to make a play or force a play the wrong direction so a teammate can make a play. There were a couple of times when Oregon RB Kenjon Barner was able to dance around Williams in the backfield, but I think you have to give the defense a break there because players donít tackle to the ground in these practices and because Barner is a great player in his own right.
Another impressive part of Williamsí game is his ability to anticipate snap counts. Iím not sure if this was a strength of his during actual games in college, but during practice on Tuesday he was able to anticipate a few snap counts, which made his already explosive first step even more explosive and his already dominant performance even more impressive.
Most of the reputable sites big boards have this kid slated to go late into the second round as most of the teams that need DT's ahead of us will take one in the first round.