Posted April 26, 2013 on
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Jack Del Rio
New York Jets
North Carolina Tar Heels
An abundance of riches on offense. An abundance of bigness on defense.
The Denver Broncos added another big defensive tackle in the draft Thursday and felt like they got a big bargain, as well, when they chose 313-pound Sylvester Williams of North Carolina in the first round.
A team that's all but set on offense with Peyton Manning, Wes Welker and company was thought to be looking for a pass rusher or defensive back with its top pick.
Instead, the Broncos added another 300-pounder in the middle. Williams joins newly signed free agent Terrence ''Pot Roast'' Knighton and veteran hole-plugger Kevin Vickerson, both of the large variety that defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio prefers.
''I think it's fair to say he was very excited,'' coach John Fox said of his defensive coordinator.
Williams was widely viewed as a top-20 pick, and when he dropped to the Broncos' spot at No. 28, it was too good to resist for Broncos Executive Vice President...
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The VitalsNFL Team: Denver BroncosPick No: 28Player Name: Sylvester WilliamsPosition: Defensive TackleSchool: North CarolinaHeight/Weight: 6'3", 313 How is the fit?Defensive tackle has been a hole for the Broncos for the last couple of seasons.They re-signed Kevin Vickerson and picked up Terrance Knighton in free agency during this offseason. Williams is a good value at...
PICK: Sylvester Williams, DT, North CarolinaANALYSIS: As Mel Kiper just said, Williams was the last of the big 4 defensive tackles. Williams has been mocked as high as 18 to the Cowboys, but this is a better area for him. Denver was certainly in need of a DT, and I think the decision came down to Williams or DE Tank Carradine. Both are decent value's here, so they had a tough...
Sylvester Williams DT from the University of North Carolina. I like that he did it in a non-traditional way. Again more big men being picked in the first round. How important is that line now.
Williams played football for one season in high school, and started only one game. Not being recruited by college programs, he assembled radiator parts for 18-wheelers before deciding...
Meet the Denver Broncos first round pick Sylvester Williams
Williams thought he was done with football after high school, as he only played one season and wasn’t on anyone’s radar as a recruit. In fact, he nearly dropped out of high school because he wasn’t going to class. But after working at a factory (Modine Manufacturing Company, whose products include vehicle...
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