Outside Linebacker #37
Senior 6’2” 247
- played significant time at inside and outside linebacker and some looks at the BUCK hybrid position early in his career
- stout build that hits like a Mack truck ruining the ball carrier’s day. Powerful and vicious at the point of attack.
- easily fights through blocks with quick hands and good pad level to stay balanced in pursuit with the ability to get skinny through the line
- doesn’t have the desired sudden burst off the snap to make good timing in the backfield
- didn’t blitz a lot and it isn’t his specialty but he does show decent ability to fire through gaps not having a hard time fighting through offensive linemen en route to the quarterback
- smooth in zone drops showing fine range to hit the ball carrier immediately not giving up any extra yardage
- some stiffness in his lower body handicapping elite change of direction speed but does move well laterally being able to play sideline to sideline
- displays good chase speed being able to cover a chunk of yards in little time if need be
- 172 total tackles and18.5 for loss in his final two seasons
Antwione Williams took the stage early in his Georgia Southern career playing in 11 games with three starts with 25 tackles and one for loss. Williams put his talent on display versus Alabama when he made a season-high nine stops. Figuring to see more playing time in his sophomore season, played in all 14 contests serving as an edge threat starting at the BUCK position in three games. He was penciled in to be the starter in his third season, but missed the entire season with a torn triceps receiving a medical redshirt in 2013. Williams received back-to-back All-Sun Belt honorable mention honors in his final two seasons combining for 172 tackles, 18.5 for loss, seven sacks and four forced fumbles. Williams’ maturity and work ethic is what most teams will fall in love with as his determination on the field and off the field to help with the kids in the community is what is appreciated on all levels of football.
Seeing time at both outside and inside linebacker, Williams has scheme versatility and would be best suited as a weakside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment or as a three down defender as a 4-3 outside linebacker. Built like a god, Williams will run through a ball carrier with tremendous power and strength with appreciated intensity. Has quick hands to get past blockers to complement with plus upper body strength. He plays back on his heels pre-snap resulting in the lack of sudden burst and quick twitch to explode into the backfield. He is an adequate blitzer from the middle of the field shooting through the gaps with grand strength throughout his body to fight off the thicker offensive linemen. He has good enough chase speed to play sideline to sideline and doesn’t shows many missteps through the progression of the play. He is smooth in zone drops showing fine range to hit the ball carrier immediately not giving up any useless yardage. He carries some stiffness in his lower body, which can be a concern when picking up running backs out of the backfield and tight ends off the line, and he lacks the sudden fluid movements to stay on track. He does though show good recovery and closing speed.
Williams is a smart productive linebacker that can excel in any scheme with decent pass rushing skills and ability to cover a lot of ground. His strength and closing speed will not be of question when being evaluated, but his sudden burst and quickness could hamper him at the next level, especially if playing as a third down inside linebacker. Williams is a personal favorite of mine and is best suited as either a 4-3 outside linebacker or a weakside inside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
Round Value: Fourth Round
NFL Comparison: Daryl Smith
Williams and Smith mirror each other with ability to quickly close on ball carriers while covering plenty of ground. Smith (6’2 250) has declined in his run-stopping playmaking but in his prime he showed more strength at the point of attack similar to what Williams brings to the table.