The War Room | HoustonProFootball.com Mario Williams Position: Defensive End
Drafted: Round 1, 1st Overall
College: North Carolina State
Birthdate: January 31, 1985
NFL Comparison: Julius Peppers
Strengths: Mario Williams has prototypical dimensions for a defensive end. He is tall with a large wingspan and a frame to add more weight if needed. He has both the strength to bull rush blockers and the quickness to run around them.
Williams possesses good ball skills to where he could drop back in zone blitzes. Has an explosive first step and the speed to create mismatches and wreak havoc in the backfield. He already has a variety of pass rush moves which will make him tougher to block. Williams has the size and pursuit ability to be effective against the run.
Areas of Concern: While Julius Peppers, the player he is most often compared to, was a holy terror in college, Williams has only terrorized in some games and been minimized in others. 10.5 of his 14.5 sacks in 2005 came against three teams (Wake Forest, Southern Mississippi and Maryland). Perhaps his best college performance was a three-sack day in 2004 against Florida State. Scouts say he must be more consistent, show hustle on plays away from his side of the field and develop better hand technique.
2006 Expectations: Williams is expected to fit into the rotation at defensive end immediately. Due to his size, he should be capable of contributing both on run downs and passing downs.
by Bob Hulsey
YEAR G TAK TFL SACK FF FR 2005 12 62 24.0 14.5 1 1 2004 11 57 15.0 6.0 0 0 2003 13 56 13.0 5.0 2 1 TOTALS 36 175 52.0 25.5 3 2 Mario Williams Home