Seahawks select defensive tackle Jesse Williams in fifth round

Jesse Williams

With the first of three picks in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Seahawks selected Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams today.

The 6-foot-3, 325-pound Williams was the fourth pick in the round, and 137th overall. The Seahawks traded into the spot, sending the Lions the 165th and 199th picks overall.

While third-round pick Jordan Hill, a D-tackle from Penn State, provides some pass-rush ability from the interior, Williams brings some bulk.

The Australian-born Williams joins a list of previous fifth-round draft choices by the Seahawks that includes All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman (2011), Pro Bowl-caliber strong safety Kam Chancellor (2010), special-teams standout Don Dufek (1976), guard Edwin Bailey (1981), Pro Bowl kick returner Bobby Joe Edmonds (1986), kick returner Charlie Rogers (1999), Pro Bowl special-teams player Alex Bannister (2001) and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (2002).

Williams’ selection even came with a congratulations from the Prime Minister of Australia:


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