Garrick Williams, ILB/OLB Texas A&M
6-2 237 4.7 40
Williams averaged 4.75 tackles a game in 2011 and in 2010 he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by the league’s head coaches for the second straight year, He is a sideline to sideline defender who was second on the team with 112 tackles, including 54 solo hits, while starting all 13 games at inside linebacker. He had five tackles for loss, forced and recovered a fumble and matched his career high of 11 tackles twice — vs. FIU and Baylor. He had seven or more tackles in 12 of 13 games. With the switch to a 3-4 in Texas he is a step ahead of most ILB prospects already having experience in the system.
Texas A&M All-American Von Miller added to the school’s trophy case, but the Aggies had another linebacker with similar potential. Williams fit right into one of the inside spots in the team’s new 3-4 alignment and proved to be a disruptive force. The 6-foot-2, 239 pounder made plays blitzing, against the run or with interceptions in coverage.
“Garrick Williams has shown up as a pretty dominant player,”
said head coach Mike Sherman, who wasn’t surprised. After being in the shadow of guys like Miller, and Nguyen he had plenty of motivation.
“I walk past his trophy case about every day,” Williams said. “Every other day, I look at Nguyen’s stats, 147 tackles, 146 tackles, that was a goal for me. His standards were so high. I have to set my standards high.”
Looks the part. Good height and a thick, muscular build. Long arms. Good overall athleticism and straight-line speed. Shows a burst to close. Flashes explosive hitting ability and good lateral and downfield pursuit. Four-year starter with experience inside and out. Has the combination of size and athleticism worthy of development. CBSsports