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Leonard Williams 2015 NFL Draft scouting report

The jack-of-all-trades defensive lineman from USC is a joy to watch, and a near-consensus No. 1 prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft. Here's the scouting report.

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Leonard Williams

  • Position: Edge Rusher, Gap Rusher (DE/DT)
  • Class: Junior
  • College: USC
  • Ht/Wt: 6'5", 300 pounds

Scouting Report

Leonard Williams is a player who should be in the discussion to go No. 1 overall this May. As he is today, he could have been in the argument for the No. 1 overall pick last season, too, alongside Jadeveon Clowney (who did go first overall) and Khalil Mack.

Like Clowney and Mack were collegiately, Williams is an exceptional athlete who outright dominates his competition, and it allows him to play the game on a higher level. He possesses outstanding core power, drives opponents back with ease, and controls them with his arms. He has powerful swim and rip moves, and can shed a block without a problem while keeping his eyes on the ball. Williams sees the play very well, and is always setting up his moves to progress toward the ballcarrier. He can do this because of how physically impressive he is.

A versatile player, he can line up at literally any spot along the defensive line, and he doesn't struggle with leverage despite his large height because of that impressive core power.

Do you need a game-changing defensive lineman a la J.J. Watt, Marcell Dareus, or Muhammad Wilkerson? Leonard Williams is the next great one.


Williams is a likely Top 5 pick, and a future All-Pro defensive lineman.