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Seahawks Take Alabama's Williams

By Liz Mathews



The Seahawks drafted DT Jesse Williams (No. 54) of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.
The Seahawks drafted DT Jesse Williams (No. 54) of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.

The Seattle Seahawks have added another defensive tackle to the roster. With the 137th overall pick, Seattle selected DT Jesse Williams out of Alabama. The Seahawks had traded up one spot to make this selection, sending the Detroit Lions the 165th and 199th picks.

At 6-foot-3, 325 lbs., Williams adds some beef to the line, complementing the impressive group of pass rushers the Seahawks have added in free agency. Though fairly versatile along the line, and possessing the ability to play at the five-technique spot, Williams was most recently utilized at the nose tackle position.

A native of Australia, Williams told the Seattle media Saturday that he hopes to eventually contribute as a pass-rusher.

“I think my body allows for that,” Williams said. “I’m pretty quick off the blocks and I guess my 40 time showed that I can move pretty well. Hopefully, going to the next level, it will open up a bit more for me to pass rush a bit more and pick up the skills and being coached better by different coaches and hopefully just better my all-around game in the pass rush.” 

Williams is mostly accustomed to a heavy, run-oriented game. 

“I’m pretty raw still, [with] an athletic body,” Williams explained. “I picked up a lot of skills at Alabama and trying to continue to progress as a football player.  My technique, whether it’s playing the run or playing the pass or reading the backfield, knowing the formations, I’m always trying to pick up on those little skills.”