Nick Williams was drafted by a franchise who over it’s history, has had so many great defensive lineman. In part one of the interview with Williams, he told us that the Steelers have been plugging the 6’4″ 309 pound lineman at defensive end.
I asked Williams about all the greats who have played defensive line for the Steelers from Joe Greene to Casey Hampton, and what it meant to him that he is now a part of an organization with such a rich line of players.
“It means a lot. I feel as though I got drafted by the right team and the right organization. They can mold me and build me into what they want me to be.”
Williams’ answer was spot on for my liking knowing how defensive line coach John Mitchell will break down a defensive lineman and show him how to play in the Steelers’ 3-4 formation.
The more I looked into Williams, I realized the possible steal Pittsburgh may have gotten from this low profile Division I-AA prospect.
In 2008, Williams redshirted, and participated on Samford’s scout team. In 2009, Williams found action in seven games and made just three tackles (all solo). Williams played in all 11 games in 2010, while making nine tackles (four solo) and one forced fumble.
When Williams’ last two seasons with Samford came, so did his chance to start. He would be the starting defensive tackle through the next two years. In 2011, Williams recorded 23 tackles, including 17 solo stops.
Williams’ senior season was by far his best when he racked up 31 tackles, including 15 solo, 8 for a loss. Williams also recorded 6.0 sacks for a total of 54 yards, 4 quarterback hurries, 3 broken up passes, and a blocked kick.
This led me to my next question to the 223rd overall pick of the draft. When camp rolls around, what is one thing in particular Williams can impress the coaches with?
“Just my athleticism, my effort and coming in every day and trying to get better.”
Williams replied with another great answer. He has showed that if you work hard enough, even if you start in your senior year of high school, you can be drafted into the National Football League. Nick Williams will now become the next project of the Pittsbugh Steelers, and if he continues to show his athleticism and heart, he will work his way up again, but this time on a long list of great defensive lineman.
I want to thank Nick Williams for being so kind and being the first player we interviewed on Steelers N Stuff. I want to thank the Pittsburgh Steelers and their cooperation for approving this interview. keep checking back for more Steelers N Stuff!