Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams
We’ve shied away from the plethora of mock drafts out there because, well, the Seahawks don’t have a first-round pick in next month’s NFL Draft after trading it to the Vikings this month in the deal to acquire Percy Harvin.
But never fear, Todd McShay is here with a two-round mock that has the Seahawks selecting Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams in the second round – with the 56th pick overall.
It’s an Insider feature at ESPN.com, so registration and a fee are required to view the entire two-round draft.
But the 6-foot-1¼, 335-pound Williams draws above-average grades in “versus the run” and “toughness/motor,” with these remarks:
Versus the run – “Has the potential to be a very effective space-eating run defender. Dominating at the division two level. Possesses a massive lower body and has the anchor to hold up as a two-gap defender. Quick for size. Tough to move off the ball. Can dig in feet to regain leverage working against double teams. Already has natural leverage but also comes off the ball low. Powerful upper body. Can press blockers to create separation and use quick hands to shed blocks. Has a wide range and an above-average closing burst for 340 plus pound DT.”
Toughness/motor – “Plays the game with an edge and violently on occasion. Not afraid to put hands up near blockers throats. Will mix it up. Did not back down and turned in a strong showing against upper echelon competition throughout the week of the Senior Bowl. Motor runs well considering size. Overall endurance and amount of snaps will need to be monitored throughout games.”