Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Sylvester Williams

After all these years, after all the whining I’ve done for the Broncos to pick a defensive tackle in the first round, they finally went and did it.

So you’d think I’d be excited as hell.

I'm only halfway there, and perhaps it's not because I'm so down on Sylveser Williams, as much as I was hoping the Broncos would move up and grab Star Lotulelei or Sharrif Floyd as they fell down the board.

Williams is certainly athletic, there's no doubt about that.  During Senior Bowl week, he got off the ball extremely well in the one-on-one drills.  He's quick, his first step is electric, and his swim move is above average.  This makes his potential as a 3-tech high.

Great news, right? 

Only if he decides to bring it.  On film, what I’ve seen from Williams is that he too often coasts during plays; further, he’s too often attached to the guard and easily influenced away from the play. I don't think he holds up particularly well against double teams, either.

The following film from the Virginia game last year demonstrates it all--strengths and weaknesses:

The tape is filled with a ton of fluctuating play, but it's not hard to understand why the Broncos drafted Williams.  They want to rotate Williams in on passing downs because of his athleticism and ability to get to the quarterback (as evidenced by a few plays here, in which he put his swim move on display).  And you can never have enough defensive linemen who can rush the passer.  Given that the Broncos are already a playoff team, I can live with this pick.

Williams seems to already get this.  He just told the media he's ready to help the Broncos win the Super Bowl next year.

Good enough for me.

I’m glad we had this talk.  Now, vaya con Dios, Brah.

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