Kyle Williams is entering his ninth season with the Buffalo Bills, and constantly evolving as one of the better hybrid defensive players in the NFL. Williams, playing mostly at nose tackle, is coming off a career year after posting 10.5 sacks and 68 tackles in 16 games. He’ll switch to defensive tackle in 2014 as the Bills switch to a 4-3 defense. Williams signed a six-year, $39 million contract extension prior to the 2011 season.
Early Years & College
Williams was born in Ruston, La., on June 10, 1983. Williams attended Ruston High, where he was named the 5A Louisiana Defensive MVP after amassing 78 tackles (17 for loss) and seven sacks. After graduating, Williams went to Louisiana State University, playing in seven games as a true freshman in 2002. Williams started 33 career games at defensive tackle racking up 16.5 sacks and 26 tackles for loss, while helping lead LSU to the BCS National Championship in 2003.
The Bills selected Williams in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL draft (134th overall). Williams, considered undersized by many draft experts, went on to start 11 games in his rookie season and recorded 53 tackles. Since then, his stock has soared with Williams being named to three Pro Bowls (2010, 2012, 2013) and twice All-Pro (2010, 2013). He is widely regarded as one of the top defensive tackles in the league and was voted the 32nd-best player in the NFL by his peers on NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2014.”
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