Sylvester Williams (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Defensive tackle Sylvester Williams clearly made his impression on the Denver Broncos being a 6’3” 313 pound defensive tackle from North Carolina. After his one season at Jefferson City High School in Missouri, he said he was done with football and was working in a factory after graduation. Clearly Williams wasn’t satisfied with that decided to play for Coffeeyville Community College. After his second season he was able to start for North Carolina in 2011. In the 12 games of his senior year he had 13.5 tackles and six sacks.
The Broncos were looking for an inside pass-rusher who is quick off the ball and they clearly have something with Williams even as a defensive tackle. Even though the Broncos were second in defense last year that is clearly not enough and having a solid, motivated player like Williams is just what they need.
He will most likely be a valuable sub after they resigned Kevin Vickerson and adding Terrance Knighton. However he has been making great strides with the help of fellow Tarheel DT Derek Wolfe who has been his mentor.
Wolf, who was drafted by the Broncos last season, has said that Williams “[has] a ton of potential and he wants to learn…When we’re lifting he’s with me and on the sidelines he comes over and he stands by me. He’s really good at learning and he’s doing a really good job.”
Williams need to work on learning how to read offensive lines at the professional level, which he has said he wasn’t use. He says he’s use to “reading the play before I react to it. [I’m] use to being in college where I can read what a guy is doing where as [at the professional level] they can kind of hide what they are doing.”
As he becomes more comfortable with learning the professional style offense he will be more comfortable using his hands more, which is a key area that Vickerson said he needs to work on.
Williams knows what he has to do saying, “You have to focus more on technique than you can on athleticism and talent.”
Williams says that he’s continuing to watch tape and work hard to learn. It’s also great to see that guys like Vickerson and Wolfe are really trying to help new players like Williams succeed.