Jets Snag ‘Disruptive’ Defensive End Leonard Williams Of USC
With the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, the New York Jets selected defensive end Leonard Williams.
Standing 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Williams was a key cog at USC and brings even more force to an already intrusive Jets defensive front.
In 2014, Williams was selected as USC's Most Valuable Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year. Also was first-team All-Pac-12 selection. He was a finalist for the Hendricks Award and a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award, Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy. He was one of five captains selected by teammates prior to the 2014 season. He had 80 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one interception and forced three fumbles during 2014 season.
His combine numbers were impressive, showing mobility for such a massive player - and is said to have a high football IQ and known for disrupting opposing offenses, according to ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr.
Projected as a possible top 3 draft pick - which is eye opening when you consider it was a foregone conclusion that Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were going one and two - Williams posted a 29.5 inch vertical jump and a time of 4.53 seconds in the shuttle drill at the NFL Combine.