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The more I study the draft, the more I wonder if our New York Giants will snag an offensive tackle in the first round if the right player is available to them.
Could that player be Oklahoma's 6-foot-4, 308-pound Trent Williams? I don't know if the Giants like him, or even if he will be available to them. Many projections have him off the board before the Giants pick at No. 15.
But, let's make Williams the subject of today's Daily NFL Draft Prospect Profile anyway.
The guy ran an impressive 4.88 40 at the Scouting Combine. Only Maryland's Bruce Campbell (4.85) was faster. He seems to have the ability to play both tackle slots, and possibly to move inside to guard. So, let's take a closer look.
Trent Williams Scouting Reports
From Draft Countdown.
Ideal bulk --- Fantastic athlete --- Quick --- Agile --- Nimble feet --- Mobile with range to get to the second level --- Can hit a moving target --- Great strength --- Stout at the point of attack --- Gets a good push in the run game --- Tough --- Nasty with a killer instinct --- Versatile.
Motor and concentration wane at times --- Battled some minor injuries --- Work ethic's been questioned.
Looked much better on the right side in 2008 than he did on the left side in 2009 --- Struggles as a senior can be at least partially attributed to a relative unfamiliarity with the position, his not necessarily being 100% healthy as well as an inexperienced group of o-lineman around him --- Has all the tools, just needs to be more consistent and pay closer attention to the details --- Terrific all-around blocker who is equally effective in the pass and run games --- Actually compares quite favorably to New Orleans Saints All - Pro Jamaal Brown.
Prototypical size. Has a strong base and does a nice job anchoring against the bull rush. Has the upper body strength to jolt smaller defenders backwards; excels as a run blocker.
Had a very disappointing senior year. Struggled with more athletic offensive linemen when lined up on the left side.
Has the skills necessary to be an above-average right tackle and is still worth a mid-to-late 1st-round pick. If a team drafts him to play left tackle, however, I believe they'll be disappointed.
From Consensus Draft Services.
Strong, tough athlete and one of the fastest LOT candidates to ever enter the NFL draft. NFL frame and physique. Quick off the ball and into his man, gets a strong push at the point, and sticks to his blocks. Gets to the second level, and can execute blocks in the open field. ... Solid mid-first round choice who will be asked to play LT. Has the tools, but can always revert to his old RT position. Either way, a good player who will start for a long time.
Why Williams fits with the Giants
Because we know that both David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie need to be replaced soon as the Giants offensive tackles. Will Beatty looks capable of handling one of those slots. Williams looks capable of handling the other.
Why the Giants should pass
Well, this argument actually has nothing to do with the player. It has to do with priorities. Even after signing Antrel Rolle, the Giants need a middle linebacker. They could also use a defensive lineman, particularly a tackle. If you draft based on need, those issues are more pressing today offensive tackle.