Saturday, April 27, 2013
Texans grow LB depth with Williams
By Paul Kuharsky
After grabbing a strongside linebacker in the third round, the Houston Texans went with another in the fourth: Trevardo Williams from UConn.
I initially figured Williams would be on the weakside, but linebacker coach Reggie Herring said he would be strongside.
The Texans will now have Whitney Mercilus on the weakside, then, with third-rounder Sam Montgomery and Williams on the strongside. Brooks Reed looks to be moving inside with Brian Cushing.
Nothing is set in stone, but the Texans now have more options to move people around.
Williams is an athletic guy who was productive for the Huskies.
Like Montgomery, he will be making the conversion from college end to NFL linebacker under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and Herring.
NFL Draft Scout raves about Williams’ abilities at the snap.
"Explosive athlete with natural edge-rush ability. Extremely quick get-off to go with flexibility that makes him a consistent threat to round the edge on every play. Big-time closing burst in space. Exhibits an impressive lateral quickness when countering back to the inside from the edge. May have the best pure get-off of anyone edge rusher in this year's class. Relentless motor to the whistle. Exhibits acceleration to track down the stretch play from the backside."