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Depth Chart Position: Third-string right defensive end
Nicholas Williams didn’t play football until he was a senior in high school, and now he may be playing for one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Williams has ideal size for a 3-4 defensive end at 6’4” and 309 pounds. Besides his size, he moves well for a big man, which is why the Steelers spent a seventh-round draft choice on him.
The Steelers have some depth at defensive end with Cameron Heyward and Al Woods, but the starters—Brett Keisel and Ziggy Hood—will be free agents following the season.
With only two years started in college, Williams figures to have his best football ahead of him. However, as with any defensive end in the Steelers system, the process to learn the position takes years.
He must prove that he can contribute as part of the rotation at defensive end, if he is to make the roster out of training camp. Otherwise, he will be destined for the practice squad.