As we continue our profiles of small school sleeper prospects, today we look at a young man who has declared early for the 2021 draft and given up his final year of eligibility to do so – Louisiana Tech defensive lineman Milton Williams.
Williams has been highly productive over his last two years racking up over 100 tackles, 19.5 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries playing mostly at defensive end but occasionally sliding inside on obvious passing downs.
At 6’4 and 278lbs, Williams is a bit of a tweener – he’s a bit big to be an edge rusher but he’s undersized for an NFL under-tackle and is less effective when asked to try and operate inside as well.
Williams’ best fit in the NFL therefore looks like being on the end of a 3-man front, and that role is one that his skill set would seemingly be well suited for.
He’s incredibly stout against the run and plays with great power and strength which is what makes us confident that he’s got a role to play in the NFL – he’s more than happy to get stuck in and do plenty of dirty work in the trenches.
He’s not especially explosive off the line or in space and that’s why he’ll be best off adding a few pounds and realising that his value will come from continuing to show all the good things he’s shown on tape already – being a strong run defender that teams can rely on.