Darien Williams Scouting Report
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2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Darien Williams, FS, Oklahoma
Oklahoma's defense has several NFL-caliber players and another who could make a mark in the pros is Darien Williams. As a junior, Williams made 67 tackles, picked off a pass, and recorded two sacks and he was named All-Big 12 honorable mention for his performance. But, his hopes for a big senior season were damaged by a stress fracture in his left foot, which he had surgery on in July. Instead of being a big-time player in one of the nation's top defenses, Williams has had a disappointing season to this point, making only 11 tackles (two for loss) and picking up a single quarterback hurry. Where he will fall in the draft is a mystery. He has solid speed and as judged by his stellar junior year, he has the ability and athleticism to make plays all over the field (which seems to be a requirement if you're a defensive back for Bob Stoops). But, his sub par senior campaign might severely hurt his draft stock. He also may not be as big as some teams would like to see him, as another five or ten pounds or so of bulk wouldn't hurt (as long as it didn't come at the expense of any of his current assets). Sooner or later though, someone will take a chance on him and he could wind up playing a prominent role in the NFL - a smaller version of another former star (Sooners' safety, current Dallas Cowboys' star Roy Williams -- who has a knack for doing a little bit of everything). Update (12/28/07): Absences in the Sooners' defensive backfield mean that Williams will get the opportunity to start in next week's Fiesta Bowl against West Virginia. Williams will regain his starting spot at safety for the final game of his collegiate career and he'll be counted on to put in a solid performance with star corner Reggie Smith (broken toe) and Lendy Holmes (academic ineligibility), who was starting ahead of Williams at safety, out of the starting lineup. It'll be an opportunity to end a disappointing season on a high note and to potentially improve his draft standing as well, if he can have a huge game. Update (1/4/08): Despite seeing his collegiate career end with a loss, Williams had a big game in Oklahoma's 48-28 Fiesta Bowl defeat to West Virginia. Williams started and recorded 10 tackles (7 solo, 3 assists), one tackle for loss, and blocked Pat McAfee's 44-yard field goal at the end of the first half. His tackle numbers from Wednesday night almost doubled his totals from the entire season, as he came into the game with 12 total tackles and with his 10 stops, brought his final total to 22 (15 solo, 7 assists).
Last Updated Jan-04-2008 by Joel Welser
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