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Prospect on the rise: Duke Williams, FS - Nevada


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#1 Bwood

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:18 AM

It still baffles me that Duke Williams has yet to be discussed here. A lot of scouts have him as their #1 safety, most you never see him ranked less than the #3 safety.

Probably the same stupid "level of competition" knocks that Phillip Thomas and Eric Fisher get...

Anyways, on to the evaluation.

Duke has good size (6'1 200 lbs) and good speed (4.3/4.4 FYD). He was the lone play maker for Nevada's defense, notching 100 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, 3 FF's, 2 recovered, 8 PD's.

As you can tell from the stats, teams have stayed away from throwing the ball Williams way. Most of his numbers come from his excellent support in the run, but he is definitely no slouch in the pass game.

He lays the wood just as hard as Reid or Elam, but isn't a liability in coverage like them. He is a sure tackler in the open field and a true ball hawk. All the instincts you want in your last line of defense.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:17 AM

Don't know a ton about him. I haven't seen him rated higher than the 4th round, but I'll have to do some research.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:33 AM

My top 5 safeties are

1. Phillip Thomas
2. Duke Williams
3. Kenny Vaccarro
4. Matt Elam
5. Tony Jefferson

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:34 AM

Haha I would freak the fug out if he was available in the 4th.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:36 AM

i watched the bowl game vs Arizona and came away wanting more. it was times where he got out matched by the WR, so for him to be your 2nd ranked safety is extreme. compared your bottom 3 to your top 2 i think they are more complete safety prospects and have shown the ability to come up and play in the box as well as center field.

same thing as Thomas, i wanted to like him because he led the nation in INTs, but after watching his cut ups and bowl game i wanted more. he missed several open field tackles, but both can improve their stock at the senior bowl.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:53 AM

i watched the bowl game vs Arizona and came away wanting more. it was times where he got out matched by the WR, so for him to be your 2nd ranked safety is extreme. compared your bottom 3 to your top 2 i think they are more complete safety prospects and have shown the ability to come up and play in the box as well as center field.

same thing as Thomas, i wanted to like him because he led the nation in INTs, but after watching his cut ups and bowl game i wanted more. he missed several open field tackles, but both can improve their stock at the senior bowl.


Yeah don't base that much off one bowl game lol. If you're going to do that, Jefferson and Elam were average, almost below average in their bowl games too.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:59 AM

No

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:16 AM

Right now im all in on Swearinger in the 4th or 5th. I think he can start from day one.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:13 AM

Right now im all in on Swearinger in the 4th or 5th. I think he can start from day one.


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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:26 AM

Haha I would freak the fug out if he was available in the 4th.

I personally think that we will be waiting until later in the draft to get a safety since Campbell and jones played well at the end of the year. So I wouldn't be surprised if we went after a small school guy later in the draft. Good Post I like him

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:14 AM

i like shawn williams from georgia too.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

No


Solid opinion dude. I bet you know tons about draft prospects and player evaluation. And you're right about small school prospects being terrible NFL players, yeah and Amini Silatolu is an illiterate bench warmer.

Please drop some more knowledge on us dude, your posts are so insightful I can't get enough. More, please, try harder.