Is much better when asked to get out in space and reach a moving target. Puts himself in position to seal his man, but lacks ideal body control and consistently seems to lunge into blocks and will fall off quickly on contact.
Is a bit of a waist bender in pass protection and consistently gets caught overextending into punches in order to keep defenders off his frame. Displays below average lateral quickness, struggles to mirror in space and isn't real heavy handed. Is easily disengaged from in any kind of space.
Impression: A decent straight-line athlete on the move, but fails to break down on contact and lacks the body control to hold up in any area of the game at the next level."
Positive: Tough, hardworking lineman with limited upside. Displays good blocking vision, keeps his head on a swivel, and works well with teammates. Stays square, keeps defenders in front of him, and anchors at the point of attack. Strong, effective with his hands, and plays with good quickness. Solid position blocker who seals defenders from the action.
Negative: Not a natural knee bender and does more steering of opponents rather than driving them off the ball. Lacks footwork in space.
Analysis: Williams is a hardworking line prospect who gets the most from his ability. His versatility to be back backup at a number of spots on the offensive line gives him an edge."
RS-JUNIOR (2009): Earned a varsity letter after appearing in eight games, seven of which in a starting role at left guard...started WSU's first two games, then missed four weeks with a high ankle sprain...returned to action against California and made four-straight starts...came off the bench against Oregon State when Reed Lesuma started Senior Night, but started the season finale against Washington.
JUNIOR (2008): Redshirt season.
WILLIAMS' GLENDALE COLLEGE CAREER
SOPHOMORE (2007): Selected to WSC First Team...named CCCFCA Region All-State First Team and honorable mention JC Gridwire All-America at center...also garnered CCCFCA Region III All-America honors...team offensive MVP and team lineman of the year.
FRESHMAN (2006): Named to the All-Western States Conference Second Team.
WILLIAMS' HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Earned three varsity letters in football under coach Kevin Mills...named to All-Pacific League First Team as a JUNIOR and the team's lineman of the year...SENIOR season repeated as all-league first team pick, along with team MVP and second-team all-league on defense.
Strengths: Hard worker who fights to get into position to make blocks. Effective puller who can blocks in space. Explosive blocks on the second level on screen passes. Picks up stunts and blitzes well.
Weaknesses: A waist bender with adequate at best strength. Inconsistent use of leverage. Lacks the foot quickness to slide over in pass pro against quicker rushers. Needs a better anchor in pass protection.
Projection: UDFA who will have to compete for a roster spot at either guard or center."
Zach Williams combines poor Launch Speed with a bad Crouch. He's got decent Power + Strength in the Run Game + Pass Game, but that's compromised by his bad Stance. He doesn't have much Lateral Agility, either, though his Flanking Speed is actually quite good.
Zach Williams is currently ranked 10th on NFL Draft Scout, so he makes this list...But I don't see him making it.
Hopefully, he'll prove me wrong.
Free Agent Fodder.
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