In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2013 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on April 25th.
We continue the series with a scouting report of North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams.
Name: Sylvester Williams
School: North Carolina
Weight: 313 LBS
Position: Defensive Tackle
Sylvester Williams thought he was done with football.
After playing one single season in high school, he worked in a factory after he graduated, building car radiators for the Modine Manufacturing Company. Fast forward four years, the defensive tackle now finds himself on the precipice of being an NFL draft choice.
Williams left his job at the factory and walked on at Coffeyville Community College where he had a successful two-year stint. A number of major colleges lined up for his services, and he elected to attend North Carolina where he was a starter for all 25 games during his tenure at Chapel Hill. This past season he recorded 42 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks on his way to being named to the Pro Football Weekly All-America team. Williams had a coming out party during a nationally televised game against Virginia when he posted a career-high eight tackles including two for a loss and a big 10-yard sack.
Stouter against the run than the pass, Williams is a load at 6-foot-3, 313-pounds in the trenches. He eats up a ton of space while taking on multiple linemen, opening up lanes for his teammates. A strong bull rusher, he is also capable of shooting through the gap to become a disruptive force in the backfield.
Right now, Williams’ biggest adversary is his consistency. At times he flashes true star potential, but then he’ll go through stretches where he is invisible. If he is able to keep his motor up and play up to his potential 100% of the time, he has a very legit chance to be the top player in his draft class at his position.
40-yard Dash: 5.03
Bench Press: 27
Vertical Jump: 26.5 inches
Broad Jump: 102.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.93
The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed above do not represent the opinions or policies of the San Diego Chargers’ front office staff, coaches or executives.