Making the case for Leonard Williams in NFL Top 100
By Samuel Sutton
The annual NFL Top 100 list on NFL Network is heading into the top 30 on June 12. So far, New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams hasn’t made it.
NFL Network’s annual NFL Top 100 list is in full-swing. They have gone through 100-31 on the list and will head into the top 30 next Monday, June 12. So far, New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams has not made the cut.
Williams has been one of the most versatile linemen in the NFL ever since he was drafted in 2015. He filled in for veteran Sheldon Richardson that year, and he was able to tally up three sacks and 29 tackles. Pretty good for a rookie.
Last season, Williams started at defensive tackle, where he totaled up seven sacks and 36 tackles. He also made his first Pro Bowl.
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Within these first two years, he’s shown that he can play the end and tackle position very well.
He’s progressed pretty quickly, and he’s only 22 years old. Young and versatile. What more could a team want?
He hasn’t been voted on so far, and that is likely due to the lack of success by his team.
While the Jets did not perform well at all last season, that certainly wasn’t the case for Williams. This list is a player-only list, and it should have nothing to do with the success of the team that player is on.
The bottom line is that he should make it. He is fast, strong, smart, versatile and does a good job of leading that defense. It is likely that he won’t make it since there are only 30 players left, but it would definitely be a shame if he doesn’t. However, not making the list could motivate him to play a whole lot better in 2017, which would definitely help a rebuilding Jets team.