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Dorian Williams Has Traits the Commanders Need at Linebacker

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2023 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Commanders

NCAA Football: Cotton Bowl-Tulane at Southern California Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dorian Williams, LB

School: Tulane | Conference: AAC

College Experience: Senior | Age: 21

Height / Weight: 6’1” / 228 lbs

Projected Draft Status: 4th-5th Round

Player Comparison: Jayon Brown

College Statistics

Defense & Fumbles Table
Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2019 Tulane American FR LB 5 6 8 14 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*2020 Tulane American SO LB 12 64 33 97 15.5 3.5 0 0 0 3 0 0
2021 Tulane American SO LB 12 44 29 73 3.0 1.0 0 0 0 3 1 0
*2022 Tulane American SR LB 14 81 51 132 8.5 5.0 2 13 6.5 0 7 0 0 0 2
Career Tulane 195 121 316 27.0 9.5 2 13 6.5 0 13 1 0 0 2
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 3/23/2023.

Player Overview

Dorian Williams is a South Carolina native who helped lead his high school to the state playoffs for the first time since 2005. The three-star prospect chose to play at Tulane over Coastal Carolina and Troy. After seeing action sparingly in his first year in 2019, Williams exploded on the scene in 2020, leading the AAC in tackles and having a whopping 15.5 tackles for loss. His production dipped a bit in 2021, but in 2022, he was one of the leading tacklers in the nation with 132 total. Williams was a three-year captain and All-Team AAC first team his senior year.


  • Impressive speed either to pursue a tackle or breaking on pass
  • Can stun blockers with strong hands to stun blockers and shed
  • Stopping power as a hitter and sure tackler
  • Alert in coverage, quickly identifying and sticking with targets


  • Lack of instincts can lead to false steps and slow reaction
  • Can have trouble navigating blocks to get to the ball
  • Almost always erased by blockers at the second level

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How he fits on the Commanders

The Commanders have been looking for ways to bolster their linebacker corps for years. They have their starters in Jamin Davis and Cody Barton, and while retaining David Mayo, Khaleke Hudson, and Milo Eifler, they could still improve the unit via the draft. Dorian Williams speed and stopping power would make him an intriguing addition to the unit. With his speed and sure tackling, he could give the Commanders a player that would be an asset on passing downs. Williams, however is going to have to improve block deconstruction to be an every down player at the next level. With Davis and Barton as starters, Williams would have time to improve his weaknesses and could become a very impactful player for the Commanders.