Re: Draft Grades Round 4 - Trevardo Williams
Finally, a quality win that I've been looking for.
This is another game in 2011; against the W.Va Mountaineers.
Williams was on the LT Don Barclay about 2/3 of the time.
This guy was a smaller guy, a tad under 310.
He was an UDFA for the Packers but ended up making the roster and started the last 4 games for them at OG.
Williams had a lot quality snaps against Barclay and won roughly 2/3 of the battles in some fashion, getting stronger and stronger in the second half.
He forced a QB hurry for an incompletion.
He then hurried a throw that Geno Smith barely completed for a short gain.
The Mountaineers is an uptempo spread offense with a lot of quick and short passes; it's not easy for a pass rusher to get to the QB.
And Geno Smith is a guy that is light on his feet who can get the ball off quickly with a compact delivery.
Here, a Blaine Gabbert would have been ducking and chucking, and perhaps got sacked even.
Williams then forced another incompletion.
Then he beat Barclay off the edge and chased Smith from behind for a sack.
If there was a strong push up the middle, the sack would have come even sooner.
On another play, he beat Barclay with his quickness to the inside to stop the runner for a minimal gain even though the play was up RG.
Three or four times, he pushed Barclay very near the QB.
If there were pressure from any other direction, it would have spelled trouble for Smith.
And Williams won some more minor battles.
Granted, Barclay was kicked inside at the NFL level, but it was a pretty impressive win for an underclassman against a Sr. with 3-yr starting experience.
I feel more positive about this pick now.