NFL Draft 2011: D.J. Williams a Savior for Seattle Seahawks Rushing Attack?

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NFL Draft 2011: D.J. Williams a Savior for Seattle Seahawks Rushing Attack?
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The unheralded, potential key to a powerful run offense in 2011 and beyond?

Former Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams is not a player that is on many radar’s as a potential draftee for the Seahawks in 2011; on the surface he doesn’t appear to fit a need for Seattle. 

However, Williams was included in the first group of 2011 prospects I highlighted in February, a potential convert to fullback.

As the Seahawks alter the offensive scheme into 2011, offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable will surely be in favor of adding a physical, versatile backfield presence.

Additionally, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is known for tailoring roles in the offense for players with unique skill sets, Chester Taylor during his tenure in Minnesota is a prime example. A sure handed, tough fullback could be a consistent, and sometimes dynamic, weapon in Bevell’s offense.  

The dilemma; at 6’2”, 245 pounds Williams is not an ideal NFL tight end, but he is not a natural fullback; his skill set fits the role of a an H-back or hybrid fullback. 

Williams is currently projected to be a mid-round pick, partly because he does not have a clear role in the NFL. That said, can he fit in Seattle?

Let’s take a closer look at the potential Williams brings to Seattle, both on and off the field. 

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