Seahawks sixth draft selection: Sam Williams, DE
The Seahawks have failed yet again to create consistent pressure on the quarterback. Sam Williams looked like a sure-fire day two pick before the season. Everything this year on the field has further cemented this belief. However, because of some off-field issues, Williams has found himself sliding way down the board.
Standing at 6’4″, 265 pounds he looks the bill. There have been some reports that Williams can run a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and a 40-inch vertical. Athletic traits like these are rare. If this ends up being true, he could find some of his stock re-established.
He is a downhill tackler that plays with intense physicality. He has good initial quickness and solid awareness. He understands how to outmaneuver his opponents.
Two of his biggest weaknesses are his susceptibility to being fooled by misdirection plays and lack of range in lateral agility. Ordinarily the second wouldn’t be an issue. However, in the bear front defensive scheme the Seahawks deploy, defensive ends are also asked to play in coverage.
If not for the off-field issue, this season would have been his breakout year. He has posted a career-high 56 tackles, 13 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles.