The long arm of the Crimson Tide reached all the way west to snatch Williams out of California's Folsom High. Showing the commitment to his craft that would help him develop into an All-American and perhaps a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Williams opted to leave home and head to Tuscaloosa in January rather than wait for the summer.
The commitment -- and Williams' talent -- captured the attention of Nick Saban and his coaching staff, who thought enough of Williams to start him at right tackle in all 15 games of his true freshman season. Not surprisingly, he earned Freshman All-American honors for his stellar rookie campaign.
Williams took over for Cam Robinson (2017 second-round pick by Jacksonville) at left tackle as a sophomore and graduated to true All-American honors, earning third-team praise from the Associated Press. After a year and 15 more starts on the left side, Williams was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2018, as well as the winner of the Jacobs' Blocking Trophy as the best blocker in the SEC.
Battle-tested three-year starter with extensive experience playing both tackle spots. Combines good size, strength and athleticism with stellar technique and work ethic. A true technician who understands angles, leverage and hand placement to consistently root out bigger defenders in the running game and stymie twitchy edge rushers in pass protection.
Critics will point out that Williams possesses below average size for a modern day tackle, including arm length (33 5/8"). He is more functional than flashy, athletically-speaking. This combination means he could be viewed by some as a possible guard convert. He may wind up there, showing the quick hands, core strength and commitment to make this transition, if his NFL club desires.
Regardless of where he lines up, Williams is a future and longtime NFL starter. He may not possess the high ceiling of some of this year's other tackles, but no one has a higher floor.
Projection: First Round
--Field Level Media