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A few minutes with Jesse Williams

Post by Eric Williams on March 7, 2013 at 11:25 am with 15 Comments »
March 7, 2013 11:34 am
Alabama defensive lineman Jess Williams. (Eric D. Williams/The News Tribune)
Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams. (Eric D. Williams/The News Tribune)

Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams earned the nickname “Tha Monstar” for a reason

At 6-3 ½ and 323 pounds, Williams is a powerhouse inside, demonstrated by his 600-pound bench press. But the native of Brisbane, Australia also is surprisingly agile because of his rugby and basketball background.

While players like Florida’s Sharrif Floyd, Utah’s Star Lotulelei and Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson are garnering more attention, Williams is gaining steam as a late first-round selection because of his consistent play anchoring Alabama’s national championship defense.

“I think just being physical,” Williams said, when asked to describe himself as a player. “Being a physical force at the nose at stopping the run. I like to feel I was a bit of a leader on the defensive as far as holding down the middle. It’s pretty tough position down there. And if I get knocked out of the way, it opens pretty much everything up. So it was pretty crucial for me to be down there.”

Alabama defensive lineman Jess Williams attempts to bench 600 pounds (courtesy of Jesse Williams' .Twitter feed)
Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams attempts to bench 600 pounds (courtesy of Jesse Williams’ .Twitter feed)

Williams, 22, earned a second team All-SEC selection in 2012. He started 12 games, finishing with 36 tackles with 2.5 for loss, one sack, two pass deflections, four quarterback hurries and a blocked field goal.

Williams also played some fullback for Alabama on goal line situations.

He’s been compared to San Francisco’s Justin Smith and New England’s Vince Wilfork, but Williams looks to versatile Baltimore defensive lineman Haloti Ngata as a guy that he tries to emulate at the next level.

“As a player he holds himself pretty well,” Williams said. “We have similar body types. And the way he plays, his attitude toward the game, and I think his love for the game is something I strive to be as much as I can.”

For Seattle, Williams could be a player who could replace defensive tackle Alan Branch as a run stuffer in early downs if the Seahawks lose the Michigan product in free agency.

Branch conservatively will make at least $4 million annually in free agency.

Last year’s No. 25 overall pick, New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower, signed a 4-year, $7.74 million deal, $6.28 million of which was guaranteed. So a player like Williams would be a more inexpensive option to fill that role for Seattle, and he could backup Red Bryant at defensive end.

What I like about Williams is his high motor and the relentless effort that he plays with.

Williams discussed bench pressing 600 pounds last summer before his senior season at Alabama during a max workout in July.

“Man, I look pretty good,” he said, laughing. “It wasn’t anything to brag. It was a lot of guys lifting heavy on a max day during a summer workout. I mean, somebody put to photo up. And then I put the photo up on mine, and it kind of exploded from there.”

Although football is not the most popular sport in his native Australia, Williams grew up playing basketball, and gravitated toward football as a teenager.

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray throws past Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. TAlabama won 44-13. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Patrick)
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray throws past Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. TAlabama won 44-13. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Patrick)

“It’s not displayed as much as it is over here,” Williams said. “But there’s a growing popularity over there. When I was younger, the occasional game would be on, especially the Super Bowl. I would watch the Super Bowl as much as I could. But it’s sort of grown on my family down there.”

“I grew up playing a little bit of rugby, but mainly basketball,” Williams went on. “So I was kind of Americanized in the sports here already from playing basketball. And I kind of picked up football through friends that played basketball. And I kind of fell in love with it that way.”

The heavily tattooed Williams also discussed that tattoo on his head that says “Fear Is A Liar”: “For me, it’s just a constant reminder of where I’m from, what I’m about. Fear is a liar is just pushing myself and not having fear of failure and doing anything like that and trying to be the best person I can be. All these tattoos are little reminders of what I’m all about being away from my family and being on my own over here. It plays a big role with that.”

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  1. Man, Williams made impact plays even after having been double, and sometimes triple, teamed on some of those plays. Impressive.

  2. He is the kind of player I like – skilled with a good desire to play and win.

  3. Dude, 600lbs, that seems impressive, but is that the norm for DT’s or is it impressive for them as well, 600lbs seems crazy, but maybe it’s not.

  4. Dukeshire says:

    600 is insane for *anyone*.

  5. yankinta says:

    I like him a lot!!! he’d be worth our 25th pick. If he’s not there, trade down and get next year’s picks!!!

  6. SaigonSun says:

    For the longest time I’ve wanted Bjoern Werner @ 25, but lately I started liking Margie Hunt better. Maybe we can get this guy in the second round, or move up to get him. We can find quite few decent WRs in the third. My, my I want so much. Good thing we have JS/PC instead of someone like me. :-))

  7. SaigonSun says:

    Darn phones. Should say Margus Hunt.

  8. 600 is insane for *anyone*.

    That made me laugh. So true.

  9. bbnate420 says:

    I can bench 600, on a space shuttle in orbit.

    Werner will be long gone by 25. It looks like Margus Hunt could be had at 25 right now. He’s my pick. He could last to the early 2nd round, but the Hawks would either have to trade up from their spot in the 2nd or trade for a separate early 2nd to get him I think. I don’t think he’s a reach at 25.

  10. SandpointHawk says:

    Margie Hunt could be a nice addition to the locker room…

  11. raymaines says:

    I also can bench press 600 lbs. 50 lbs times 12, over the span of about 45 minutes.

    Women like Margie Hunt scare me. If I got my head stuck someplace where she could squeeze, she could make my ears bleed. I hate it when my ears bleed.

  12. HawkfaninMT says:

    Really? I was not overwhelmed by the 5 mins… I am not a scout by any means, but he looked like just another guy. Especially against LSU.

  13. PugetHawk says:

    Williams has a high motor and seems to really have a passion for football. Add to that a work ethic in the weight room and some great athletic moves and it equals a winner to me. I would be happy to see him at 25 or to move up for the early to mid second round.

  14. Nice player, but 1st round? Really?

  15. “Pete Carroll player” written all over this kid. I want him on this team. He looks A LOT like the guy they need to backup Red.

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