EDGE – #7 Ole Miss
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Robert E Lee (Montgomery, AL)
HS Rating: N/A
JUCO: Northeast Mississippi
JUCO Rating: 4 star (0.9000)
Phil Steele: PS#7JC
Sam Williams scouting report
Very quick and intense. Good speed to continue to chase the quarterback out of the pocket. Has a good inside move that he uses once he’s set up the blocker. Has a good first step. Explosive throughout the rep. Doesn’t handle contact to his upper body well, even against smaller players. Has a powerful bull rush that Williams combines all his good traits to make happen.
Balance is average. Struggles to bend under the block to really help him win the rep. Cannot get the dip to work off the edge and turn the corner. Still figuring out how to use his hands. Works the corner well, but hands aren’t used too often and instead he tries to win with power. Doesn’t have a plan once his first move is countered. Doesn’t place well to win battles along the perimeter.
Doesn’t show great tackling ability. Liability in run defense. Doesn’t show instincts to position himself well. Attempts to swipe while moving into his wrap up. Doesn’t oftentimes position himself well to get a clean angle. When forcing a pressure outside the pocket, takes excellent pursuit angles to cut off the quarterbacks run lane. Williams has become a much more consistent force, especially as a pass rusher, in the 2021 season.
What we want to see from Sam Williams in Los Angeles
- Sam Williams has already pretty clearly displayed that he does not have the proper bend to win most of his speed rushes to the outside, which means that he will have to do it with finesse. We’d like to see him show some improved hand work going into the weekend in Los Angeles.
Pre-Collegiate Bowl projection
Sam Williams offers good ability as a rotational defender, mostly as a 3-4 RUSH EDGE but there is ability there for Williams to play as a 4-3 defensive end. He could potentially be a starter, but looks more like a rotational-situational player at the next level.
We think Williams is fair game in the fourth/fifth-round range. He produced some massive production last year at Ole Miss (12.5 sacks), but overall his traits suggest he won’t carry that same production to the next level.