Top 10 Sleeper Inside Linebackers For The Bears In The 2016 NFL Draft
Antwione Williams-Georgia Southern- Antwione Williams has the look of an NFL Inside Linebacker. Thick build with big broad shoulders. He not only looks it on the hoof, but plays like one on tape. Eviscerating running backs and making quarterbacks nervous when he is sent on a delayed blitz right up the gut and in their face. Not many will stand their ground to deliver the pass. He is also incredibly fast and agile which along with his speed and fearless attitude on the field leads to some big hits. Should be an instant special teams force, and bring value in that regard.
MEASUREABLES AND PRODUCTION:
Williams is big with a frame to get even bigger. Physically mirrors Bears ILB Christian Jones. Has the same kind of potential too. Doesn’t run quite as fast as Jones though. Williams is in the low-mid 4.7 range. He has great agility and athleticism though with a great deal of explosion as his agility drills, and leaping measureables show. You can see them here. As for his numbers he had a fantastic year in 2015. 107 tackles 10.5 for loss. Also pitched in four sacks and forced four fumbles. You can see his career stats here.
Positives: Big, strong, fast athlete that hits like a truck. Also very disciplined and doesn’t divert from his run fits. Fills holes and forces running backs to try and find other lanes or take on Williams which most understandably do not. Very good in coverage. Has the foot speed and agility to mirror tight end and most running backs in man and has good awareness in zone. Long-limbed athlete able to create space between blockers and himself for stack and shed ability. Plays with intensity and edge with a good motor. Smart and instinctive. Should star immediately in kickoff and punt coverage. Could be a four phase special teamer.
Negatives: Doesn’t have elite straight-line speed. Plays a bit too disciplined at times and will wait a tick too long and may miss out on big plays because of it trying to prevent a big play from happening against him. This causes him to not play to his great athletic ability. Could use good coaching like what the Bears can give to bring out a more aggressive approach to take advantage of his immense physical talent.
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