Many fans of the New York Jets were shocked to discover that defensive end Leonard Williams was still available for the taking at the No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Considered by many to be the top defensive player in this year’s draft, the Jets now have an instant play-maker waiting in the wings until his time to shine arrives. While he could be a starter on any other NFL team, the Jets have the luxury to ease him in naturally and use him on specific defensive packages. What should fans expect to see out of Williams this upcoming season?
Considering that the Jets will stick with their 3-4 base defense, they will incorporate Williams by using him to come off the edge as a pass rusher and in certain 4-3 defensive sets. With his high football IQ, the Jets know he’s capable of handling any assignment given to him.
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With his speed and versatility, there is no doubt that Williams will see the field a good amount of time once the regular season arrives. He was pretty impressive during rookie training camp and regular minicamp so needless to say, that will all translate well once he steps foot on the field for games that actually matter.
Williams was an absolute beast at USC. In his collegiate career, Williams contributed 218 tackles, 21.0 sacks, 2 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles. Once he gets familiar with life in the NFL, there is no doubt that he will be well on his way to an extraordinary career.
In 2015, expect to see Williams light up the Jets’ defense once he gets to contribute on key third down stops and blitzing schemes. He most likely won’t be starting anytime soon unless injury happens or a decline in play occurs to any member of the famous “Sons of Anarchy” defensive line. Keep an eye for him as once he’s unleashed to opposing teams, he’ll definitely be a force to reckon with.