College: North Carolina State
Birthday: January 31, 1985
The scouts may have gone to the 2004 game between Florida State and North Carolina State to see Alex Barron, the Seminoles’ all-everything senior offensive tackle, but they left talking about Mario Williams, the Wolfpack’s sophomore defensive end. Williams embarrassed Barron, who would be selected 19th overall in the 2005 draft, for three sacks and a total of five tackles for loss that day.
Williams has the long arms and explosive burst of a top speed rusher, but is also strong enough take on blockers and play the run. While he has gained over 30 lbs. in his college career, he still looks lean and should be able to comfortably carry even more weight. He has the speed and relentlessness to pursue and make plays all over the field. Williams is also agile enough to drop into coverage when a zone blitz is called.
Williams has had stages in which he slipped into “read and react” mode instead of playing aggressively, such as early in the 2005 season. After NC State coach Chuck Amato urged Williams to “cut it loose,” the defensive end racked up 13.5 sacks in the final seven games. Williams may do too much thinking again early in his pro career as until the mental aspects of the NFL game become second nature to him.
Williams is ideally suited for either end position in a 4-3 defense. He should be the first defensive lineman selected in the 2006 draft.
(profile written by Warren DeLuca)
Mario Williams’ 2005 Stats G TCK TFL SKS FF FR 11 62 24 14.5 1 1 Mario Williams Home