Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern
Height: 6-1 Weight: 341 Arm: 32 3/4 Hand: 9 5/8 40 Time: 5.37
Projected Round: 2-3.
Walter Football.com: Williams was a consistent pass-rusher over the last three seasons. He totaled 25.5 sacks over that time. Williams had 68 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and five forced fumbles this year. He totaled eight sacks and 35 tackles in 2011. Williams recorded nine sacks and 17 tackles for a loss as a sophomore. He helped himself by performing well at the Senior Bowl.
NFL.com analysis: Williams became a three-time All-American as a senior, using a combination of strength and agility not usually seen at the Division II. He doesn’t have nearly the same skills as someone like Dontari Poe, but has enough talent to be at least a solid rotational tackle who could stick in the league for a while.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
A rotational tackle is what the Giants are looking for, although they seem to have enough bodies to suffice for now. Williams’ weaknesses include not making enough plays “out of the box.” The Giants need a stationary force on the interior of their line and Williams is wide enough to help clog up the middle. That’s exactly what the Giants need right now. The only real knocks on Williams are his stamina and inconsistency. An NFL offseason program will help him improve in those areas. He is certainly strong enough, tying SMU’s Margus Hunt at the combine for the top spot on the bench press with 38.
Williams could still be sitting there in Rounds 4 or 5. If so, he might be worth a look. Another Barry Cofield perhaps..?