Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Weight: 318 pounds
40 time: 4.81
An athletic and extremely talented player at the offensive tackle position, Trent Williams grades out far better than his former Oklahoma teammates Phil Loadholt and Duke Robinson, who both went on to the NFL last season. A three-year starter for the Sooners, Williams has excellent experience against top competition and he also is a smart, instinctive player.
Trent has a near-perfect frame for an offensive tackle in the NFL; he has experience at both right and left tackle as well as at center and offers the team that drafts him a ton of versatility. For how big he is, Trent has very quick, nimble feet and in pass protection he is fluid with a smooth kick-slide. His lateral quickness as a run blocker is good and he moves better than most offensive linemen. He displays nice mobility for his large size and he is able to consistently get to the second level to block the linebacker; he’s also shown that he’s capable of blocking out on the move and in open space.
Trent also does a nice job as a run blocker and he has the power and strength needed to drive the defender off the ball. He plays with good technique, which includes playing with solid leverage and he is stout at the point of attack. Trent really doesn’t have many glaring holes in his game, which is one reason why I feel that he is one of the safer picks in this year’s draft. Size-wise, he’s a bit shorter than most scouts would like in a tackle and he also has shorter arms than you would prefer.
Trent dealt with some small injuries, including a concussion his senior year, however there weren’t any injuries that were major or would hold him back from playing in the NFL. Like most players he could stand to continue to work on polishing up his technique and overall game; adding a nasty side to his game as a run blocker would be one thing that I would like to see. He doesn’t play with much tenacity or anger on the line. I project that Williams will be drafted in the first round, likely in the Top-20, if not Top-10.
Trent is a player that I like and I think that he has the talent and skills needed to make an immediate impact at the next level. He’s a player who a team can build on the offensive line. Trent played right tackle at the beginning of his career but was moved to left tackle as a senior to take over for Loadholt. He didn’t play as well on the left side, however you could argue that it was because he wasn’t completely familiar with the position yet. He also played center in the team’s bowl game against Stanford. I personally feel that his best chance at having a long, successful career is at right tackle, his more natural position, however I could also see him spending time at left tackle or potentially at center as well. I fully expect to see him develop into a starter in the NFL. Trent is the next in a line of productive offensive linemen that Oklahoma has produced to the NFL in recent years (Loadholt, Robinson, Jamaal Brown, Davis Joseph).
Notes: Trent was named a first-team All-American in 2009; he was named first-team All-Big 12 as a senior and second-team All-Big 12 as a junior.