Nicholas Williams is a seventh round pick out of Samford University. Drafted as a defensive tackle, Williams started playing football later than most at the high school level. It was not until his senior year of high school until Williams really took up football and was recruited by Samford. Steelers N Stuff had the chance to ask Nick a few questions.
When I asked Nick what made him switch to football after excelling in high school at basketball, he said: “I always played football in little league and when I got to high school I had a big growth spurt. I grew to about 6-2, 185, believe it or not. Then I got to 12th grade and I grew to about 240 pounds. I wanted to go out for the football team, just to see how I could do, and I did pretty well at it.”
This much is true. Nick is quite the athlete. In his only year playing in high school, he recorded 25 tackles as a defensive lineman. Williams also played offensive lineman, registering two pancake blocks. He had two interceptions, scoring one touchdown, and recorded one fumble recovery plus knocked down two passes.
When I asked the young defensive lineman, where the Steelers are placing him on defense, he replied by saying, “They have me at defensive end.”
Defensive Line coach John Mitchell compares Williams to another project that has been on the team since 2009, Steve McLendon. In fact, Mitchell and tight ends coach James Daniel are close with Samford head coach Pat Sullivan, who was a Heisman winning quarterback for Auburn in 1971. All of this is what possibly brought Williams, a raw talented athlete, to Pittsburgh.
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