Brennan Williams: 5 Things You Need to Know About the North Carolina Tackle
The 2012 football season didn't end the way North Carolina's Brennan Williams hoped it would. The senior tackle suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder during an October game against Duke and missed the rest of the year.
Though Williams, a two-year starter for North Carolina at right tackle, was unable to play in any of the Tar Heels' last four games, he was able to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine (though his workout was limited).
While the shoulder injury remains a concern, Williams played well enough in 22 starts for UNC to merit a look on the second day of the draft. He has good size and an NFL pedigree. Williams' father, Brent Williams, played 11 years in the NFL as a defensive lineman.
Full Name: Brennan Williams
Birthday: February 5, 1991
Hometown: West Roxbury, MA
High School: Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, MA)
Williams stayed all four years at North Carolina, becoming a full-time starter as a junior in 2011. He comes from NFL stock. His father, Brent, played 11 years in the NFL, most notably for the Patriots on BR" href="http://bleacherreport.com/new-england-patriots" target="_blank">New England Patriots. Much bigger than his father, Williams projects as a right tackle in the NFL.
2009: Played in six games as a freshman, including an appearance in the Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. Pitt.
2011: Appeared in 13 games, finished with 30 regular-season knockdowns.
2012: Appeared in nine games, missed the final four games of the season following shoulder surgery.
Williams grew each year that he spent in Chapel Hill. He became a full-time starter as a junior in 2011 and was third on the team with 30 knockdown blocks. He was off to a strong start in 2012 before a torn labrum in his left shoulder forced him off the field in October.
Despite missing four games with the shoulder injury, Williams earned Honorable Mention All-ACC recognition.
Weight: 318 lbs
Arm Length: 34"
Hand Size: 10.5"
40-yard dash: 5.32
Broad jump: 8'5" inches
Vertical jump: 28.5 inches
The shoulder injury kept Williams from lifting weights at the NFL combine or at North Carolina's pro day (where Williams posted almost identical numbers to those he produced in Indianapolis). He has elite size to play right tackle in the NFL, but is probably going to struggle some against NFL pass-rushers at first due to his lack of athleticism. Williams blocks well in the run game and can sustain blocks in the open field.
All stats courtesy of cbssports.com
Brennan Williams won Honorable Mention All-ACC honors even though he missed half of his senior season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Williams is the son of former NFL defensive end Brent Williams, who spent time with the New England Patriots, Jets on BR" href="http://bleacherreport.com/new-york-jets" target="_blank">New York Jets and Seahawks on BR" href="http://bleacherreport.com/seattle-seahawks" target="_blank">Seattle Seahawks. The elder Williams tallied 45.5 quarterback sacks in his career, including back-to-back seasons with eight sacks in 1988 and 1989.
According to Williams' bio at goheels.com, he was a SuperPrep All-American coming out of Catholic Memorial High School. Some services had him ranked as the eighth best offensive line prospect in the country. Williams was a member of PrepStar’s High School All-America Team.
Williams was a four-year varsity player at Catholic Memorial and an all-conference selection after his junior and senior seasons. He was named to the 2008 "Super 26" team as voted on by the Massachusetts State Coaches Association. He was named to the state's all-scholastic team by the Boston Globe and Boston Herald.
According to the National Football Post, Williams has a future in the NFL. The NFP's draft profile on Williams states:
He is an outstanding run blocker and shows the short area quickness to get to his man and drive them off the line due to quality leverage and lower body strength.
Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller says that Williams is quite similar to Phil Loadholt of the Minnesota Vikings in terms of his NFL prospects. He has also been compared to Bryant McKinnie and Gosder Cherilus, though his profile at cbssports.com compares him to Winston Justice.
Like Justice (selected No. 39 overall in 2006 by Philadelphia), Williams has the length and athleticism to warrant early round consideration. He must improve in the "little things" that can be the difference between starting in the NFL and operating as a backup.
The consensus seems to be that Williams has potential to be a solid right tackle in the NFL. He'll probably be unable to play the other side due to his inconsistency in pass protection and his overall lack of athleticism. He has good size and produced well for North Carolina when healthy. He could go as high as the late third or early fourth round.