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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