Isn't as impressive in the pass game, routinely is moved off the ball, is upright and allows himself to get overextended trying to reach defenders off his frame. Possesses decent anchor strength once he locks on and has some short-area quickness in tighter quarters. However, is more of a catcher who doesn't display nearly the same type of hand placement in the pass game and routinely gets his hands outside the frame of defenders inside. Does a much better job sitting into his stance and playing with better leverage in a phone booth. But athletically is a bit heavy footed in space and isn't guy who consistently will be able to mirror in space. Plus, he doesn't get off the football nearly as well in the pass game; routinely is one of the last defensive linemen moving off the football.
Impression: A tough, nasty Nebraska offensive lineman who can create movement in the run game. Plays a bit too straight-legged in the pass game, but has snap through the hips off the football and should be able to make a roster as a rookie and at worst provide some depth inside."
Positive: Small-area blocker who works hard. Attacks assignments, explosive in all his actions, and plays with a nasty attitude. Keeps his head on a swivel, shows good blocking vision, and works to bend his knees. Stays square and effectively turns defenders off the line. Does not give up an inch in pass protection.
Negative: Stiff, struggles to adjust, and marginally effective in motion. Not a natural knee bender and more of an arm wrestler.
Analysis: Williams was solid on the college level but is a marginal athlete with limited upside who may struggle to make a roster this season."
Negatives: Marginal knee bender, plays a little too high in pass protection... Lowers his head too much... Struggles to maintain balance and re-set... Will lean and lunges into blocks... Doesn't carry his weight very well, marginal body control on the move... A little stiff, not real agile... Can be beat by quick inside counter-moves... Slides off down-blocks too easily."
The situation was a little different in 2009. The Cornhuskers were breaking in a new quarterback and running back. Williams missed the season opener and had to work his way back into a starting role a couple of weeks later. However, Williams did a superb job once he got back into the flow of the game and helped pave the way for Roy Helu to rush for over 1,000 yards. Helu again reached the 1,000 yard plateau in 2010, the first Nebraska back to do so in consecutive seasons since Calvin Jones in 1992 and 1993. Williams, yet again, missed the season opener and did not start in week two. But the rest of the season went as planned and Williams ended up earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades during his senior season.
At 6-5 and 310 pounds, Williams has the size and strength to play in the NFL. He is not the quickest offensive lineman around, but he is strong enough to push away most interior lineman. Unfortunately for Williams, he is probably not even the best guard on Nebraska. Ricky Henry has taken away some of the attention from him and now Williams has to separate himself during pre-draft workouts if he hopes to be higher than a sixth or seventh round selection."
Keith Williams is simply not athletically exceptional in any area of the Game. However, at a position ~ and in a Game ~ where Character goes a long, long way, his adequete all around skills, combined with his exceptional Tenacity, may very well be enough to forge a long, productive career.
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