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.