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    Nick Williams combine work out...

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-combin...-Nick-Williams

    He actually ran faster at his pro day...4.86.
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    This guy is a beast. Good Lord.

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    Jeez. No fat on that load. Although Ta'amu isn't fat at 350 and is apparently a bum.
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    After watching Coach Mitchell's conference about Williams- does anyone else think Mitchell's got a chip on his shoulder with the press?

    Chadman had mentioned Williams a couple of times in his draft read- passed EVERY criteria for the Steelers DL. Not surprised by is pick. Seems a good guy in interviews too.
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    Quite an athlete, and the prototypical size the Steelers like in a DE. He could end up on the practice squad for a year, but certainly an interesting developmental prospect. Very raw, but lots of potential to work with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadman View Post
    After watching Coach Mitchell's conference about Williams- does anyone else think Mitchell's got a chip on his shoulder with the press?

    Chadman had mentioned Williams a couple of times in his draft read- passed EVERY criteria for the Steelers DL. Not surprised by is pick. Seems a good guy in interviews too.
    I've heard Mitchell's a super nice guy. Probably a combo of being worn out after the draft and not being a guy that has to talk to the media that much.

    I think we're better off getting guys with potential late in the draft for the 3-4 DE position vs early. It just seems like the hardest position to learn. And the highly rated guys are more than likely gonna already have a style of play that's hard to break. And Mitchell seems to have to tear these guys down and build them back up.

    Good call on your part finding this kid. I'd never heard of Samford before.

    When they mentioned he was a great basketball player, I started wondering if this DE position doesn't work out, could we try him at TE?

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    Steelers select DE Nicholas Williams in 7th round

    NICHOLAS WILLIAMS

    Defensive End
    Samford University Bulldogs
    6-4 - 309
    Birmingham, Alabama
    Minor High School
    7th Round 223rd Overall

    2012 SEASON
    Played in all 11 games . . . recorded 31 tackles (15 solo), eight tackles for loss, six sacks, four quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and blocked one kick . . . recorded a season-high six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks vs. Wofford on 11/3/12 . . . registered at least one sack in three consecutive games.

    2011 SEASON
    Started all 11 games on the defensive line . . . tallied 23 tackles, including 17 solo stops . . . had three tackles for a loss . . . had four tackles against Georgia Southern . . . tallied four tackles against Western Carolina . . . had three tackles at The Citadel.

    2010 SEASON
    Saw action in all 11 games . . . had nine tackles, including four solo stops . . . forced one fumble . . . had four tackles, including one solo stop, against Newberry College . . . forced a fumble at Chattanooga.

    2009 SEASON
    Saw action in seven games . . . tallied three tackles, all solo stops . . . had one tackle against Jacksonville . . . produced two tackles against Miles College.

    2008 SEASON
    Redshirted . . . participated on Samfords scout team.

    HIGH SCHOOL
    Totaled 25 tackles as a defensive lineman . . . also played offensive lineman, registering two pancake blocks . . . had two inter*ceptions, scoring one touchdown . . . *recorded one fumble recovery and knocked down two passes.

    PERSONAL
    Born Feb. 21, 1990 . . . son of Frederick and Natalie Williams . . . majoring in public administration.

    Nicholas Williams Conference Call Transcript

    NICHOLAS WILLIAMS
    Defensive End Samford University Bulldogs
    7th Round 223rd Overall

    Did you add 75 pounds in college?
    I came into college about 240 pounds, and since then the heaviest Ive weighed is about 320 pounds. And now Im back to 310 pounds.

    Did you only play one year of high school football?
    I just played my sophomore year. I always played pee-wee league ball, and when I got to high school I was 62. Believe it or not, I was 185 pounds. I got real skinny as a young kid, so I said, I guess Im a basketball player. I came out for the team my sophomore year, and I was really good at it.

    Have you had your eye on the Steelers?
    Its a sigh of relief that they even picked me. Coach John Mitchell came up to Birmingham, Ala., and took me out. He talked to me, and we had a great conversation. Im just proud to be a Steeler now.

    Will you continue to put on weight?
    I can put on as much weight as I have to. I guess I have that type of body and that type of frame.

    Defensive Line/Assistant Head Coach John Mitchell RE 7th Round Pick Nicholas Williams

    NICHOLAS WILLIAMS
    Defensive End Samford University Bulldogs
    7th Round 223rd Overall

    Coach Mitchell: Nicholas Williams is a young man from Birmingham, Alabama. He went to Samford University right there. Samford is a little liberal arts college right there in Birmingham. This guy was a heck of a basketball player coming out of high school. He only played one year of football. Pat Sullivan, the ex-Heisman trophy winner, is the head football coach there. Pat Sullivan knew his father, and they asked him to go look at his son. As a basketball player, they looked at him. He went to Samford because the guy had good size coming out of high school, and they signed him. He is a young guy. He is not going to come in here and replace anybody. He is probably not going to play. He is a project. But you cant get guys that are 64 320 pounds that can run and look like a guy that is 310 pounds. I like this guy. He didnt dominate right there in Samford. He only started two years there, but I think his football is ahead of him rather than behind him.

    Where will he play?
    He is going to be a defensive end.

    Have you heard of him before?
    Yes, Pat Sullivan had talked to me about this kid for about the last year. I am very close with Pat. He is a guy that we have had our eye on for a good while.

    Is it almost easier since he is so raw to teach him your three-four without having to unlearn other things?
    I dont care what scheme he played in college. When he comes here he is going to do it the Steelers way. He is going to do it the way we want so it doesnt make any difference to me what he did in college. No matter if he was a first round draft choice, they are going to do it our way.

    Did you say he is 320 pounds?
    Hes 320 pounds. When you look at him you are going to think he is about 310. When I was there back in early March he was 317 and he has been as high as 320. He carries his weight very well. This guy was a heck of a basketball player coming out of high school.

    He just played one year of football?
    One year in high school. He was a starter at Samford for two years. If you watch him on tape you wont get very excited about him. But if you look at him and you look at the potential that he has, he reminds me of when we signed Steve McLendon here. Hes a guy that a lot of you guys didnt think would ever play here. He stayed here in this program and he did it our way. He is going to have a chance to be a good football player.

    Hes 64, 320 pounds?
    Yes. Hes probably 317. Hes lost a little weight, but I would say hes 317.

    Will Cameron Heyward have an opportunity to compete with Ziggy Hood?
    Were going to play him. Hes going to have an opportunity to play on both sides. If you go back and look, he did. He played on both sides last year. So were going to play him on the left side some, yes.

    Are you happy with what you have at nose tackle?
    Yes, Im very happy. Im very happy. I remember sitting here last year. You guys had a coronation for Alameda Taamu. I told you if you look we had a guy who wore number 90 who was going to have a chance to play. I remember that. So Im very happy with him.

    How much did he play?
    He played 150 plays. You have Casey Hampton who is a good football player so yes.

    Does Nicholas Williams know that he wont play this year?
    Yes, he knows that. This guy wants to come somewhere where he will have the opportunity to play down the road. He knows that he only played one year of high school football and Samford is a small university where he started two years. Hes excited about having the chance to play pro football in an organization like the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Was Williams at the combine?
    Yes. He was at the combine.

    Is he the kind of guy who you wanted to take in the seventh round?
    What you have to look at as a coach is I dont know how many guys youre going to get next year in the seventh round that are going to be 64, 320 that can run. You go back, we took Brett Keisel in the seventh round. Brett Keisel was not 320. Heres a guy that can run. He came here, he played on the special team and when he got a chance to play, he picked up our scheme, did well, the rest is history. I look at this guy, he knows hes not going to play. Hes a guy that I like. I think with some coaching, being around other good football players, hes smart enough. Samford is a smart school academically, hes already graduated. I think this guy has tremendous upside. Im excited about him.

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    Interesting with Williams we also added 5 more Defensive Linemen as UDFA. Appears the team is stocking up on DL, wonder why they would do that
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    Interesting with Williams we also added 5 more Defensive Linemen as UDFA. Appears the team is stocking up on DL, wonder why they would do that
    Must be looking to replace Ziggy Hood.

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    No need to if they had simply drafted one in the 5th round rather than take a back-up QB...
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