Position: Offensive Line
Weight: 310 lbs.
College: Mississippi State
Williams looks to have the toughness and competitive edge in him to have a successful career in the NFL. As Mississippi State’s starting center, he’s shown that he can win with power and push the line in the running game while holding strong in pass protection, and he’s also played at left guard in his collegiate career. This versatility could bode well for Williams, as he could slide into a position of need for the team that drafts him.
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Unlike many other draft prospects, Williams’ measurables don’t jump out, and he’s unlikely to turn many heads at the NFL Draft Combine. He isn’t the most agile player and therefore may not be at his best moving laterally in zone blocking schemes at the next level.
Why he may fit with Washington:
Building depth on the offensive line should be one of Washington’s priorities in the offseason, and while there will be many pressing needs, strengthening the interior of the offensive line by selecting a player like Williams could be prudent. A competitive, tough, strong offensive lineman who’s battle-tested from years of SEC play would be a solid building block for Washington’s offensive line.
Darryl Williams will bring firey competitiveness, if not eye-popping tangibles, to the team that drafts him, and he may be worth a flier if he slips past the third round.
Projected Round: Late 3rd/4th