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Brennan Williams (OL) | North Carolina | Scouting Report
Prospect – Brennan Williams
School – North Carolina
Position – OL
Best Position In The NFL: RT
Weight – 318
Year – Senior
Scouting Report Overview: Brennan Williams is an intriguing athlete. At his size 6-6, 318 pounds you would think he would be strictly a Right Tackle prospect, but his range of athleticism makes it slightly less cut and dry. He first broke into the starting line-up as a Right Tackle in his Junior year and has developed well, but he still remains quite raw with plenty of room for improvement.
Size/Strength/Athleticism: Williams has very good lateral movement and that can be seen clearly off the snap defending ACC edge rushers. He also has good quickness and speed to break up to the 2nd level. On tape, Williams certainly isn’t a road grader and isn’t the strongest right tackle in college, but his relatively rare blend of size and athleticism make up for his lack of dominant strength.
Pass Blocking: Williams gets off the snap consistently very quickly and very rarely gets beat around the corner. Against the edge rush he mirrors the defender well and shows a bit of nastiness by pushing the defender to the ground, when he can. As said before he doesn’t have the elite strength that you would like and can be exposed against a direct bull rush. He struggles to re-anchor against the bull rush due to his lack of elite strength and/or footwork. His hand use is a bit below the standard you would like and his footwork in general is okay. Where he shows the biggest weakness is against the stutter pass rush back inside. Although he moves well off the snap and laterally to defend the edge rush he struggles to re-adjust when the defender comes back on his left side. This seems to be a cause of Williams really trying to avoid being beaten on the edge which does open him up to being beat inside. He needs to trust a bit more in his athletic ability and to react more, rather than preempting what the defender will do.
Run Blocking: Williams moves very well in the run game and would seem to be a great fit in a zone-blocking scheme at Right Tackle. He can line up directly and bang with defenders, but to see him at his best you want him moving up to the second level or out in the flats to block screens etc..
NextEra RAP Grades: 82.3 (RT) (#3 Rated Right Tackle) (#52 Overall Prospect)
Other Grades: 73.8 (LT), 79.8 (OC), 77.3 (OG)
The RAP grades show that Brennan Williams will be at his best on the right side of the offensive line. His range of athleticism and dynamic skill set gives us the belief he can play all across the offensive line when needed, especially in a zone-blocking scheme.
Projection: Late Second/ Early Third
NFL Player Comparison: Duane Brown