SI.com 2003 NFL Draft 2003 NFL Draft


Grading System
SAM WILLIAMS
Position: OLB
Class: Sr
School: Fresno St.
Conference: WAC
Ht., Wt.: 6'4½, 240
40 Time: 4.91
Grade: 3.42

Selected by Oakland Raiders
Round 3, pick 19 (83 overall)
BIO: Played in 10 games as a senior registering 60 tackles with six tackles for loss, one Interception, while breaking up six passes. Started seven games at the end of his junior Campaign, posting 61-4-2. Special teams player his first two seasons in the program. Turned in pre-draft forty times in the high 4.6 range. Recently ran times in the 4.7 area during Pro-Day workouts.

POSITIVES: Big, strong linebacker who may be best with his hand on the ground. Forceful up the field, likes to get involved in the action and defeats blocks on his way to the ball carrier. Breaks down well, takes good angles to the action and redirects to the play. Squares and wraps up tackling.

NEGATIVES: Slow, cannot cut off the corners from running backs and late getting to the spot in pass coverage. Bites on the play action pass and slow locating the ball.

ANALYSIS: A combination of abilities to make plays up the field and growth potential make him a consideration at either defensive end or linebacker in a three-four scheme.

PROJECTION: Late Sixth Round

TFY Draft Preview
 


 
CNNSI