He’s lead the SEC in tackles for the past two season but today could be the day Avery Williamson gets to take his talent to the league. Today marks rounds four through seven of the NFL draft and all the fun kicks off at noon. If Kentucky’s lone prospect is picked up it is expected to be after round 5. Here’s what Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com had to say about Williamson’s abilities:
Good size. Plays with a good, wide base. Very productive tackler. Outstanding personal and football character — works hard, is accountable and commands respect. Smart, understands the game and can make all the calls and on-field adjustments.
Average athletic ability and foot quickness — is a step late to the perimeter. Struggles to disengage from blockers once he is locked up. Limited cover range and reactions — is late to recognize and gets sucked up by playaction. Average functional strength. Is not a take-on thumper. His 30 1/2-inch vertical was worst among middle linebackers at the combine.
A functional, between-the-tackles run stopper with a chance to make it on the inside of a 3-4 defense where he can patrol the middle. Can be targeted in coverage and will need to make a mark on special teams to stick.
Before the draft rumor had it that Denver was high on the former Wildcat as Kentucky players like Tamme, Trevathen, and Woodyard have proven to be steals. Could they be the team to take Williamson? We will let you know if they are. In the meantime which team would you like to see take a chance on Avery?