Chargers Unlikely To Pass Up Tennessee's Dan Williams

After re-watching some game video of Tennessee's Dan Williams, I've become more and more convinced that this prospect is likely to be sitting high on the Chargers' draft board. While we have no inside information on the matter, BOLTHYPE has traditionally fared well in identifying the team's draft needs. If Dan Williams is available at the time the Chargers draft, the talented nose tackle would be hard to pass up.

As we've already outlined on our 2010 Chargers Draft Needs page, the Chargers could use some reinforcements along the defensive line, specifically at nose tackle where the 33 year old Jamal Williams will be coming back from surgery on a torn triceps muscle.

Defensive Tackle isn't the Chargers only draft need, and its certainly not their highest, but nevertheless it is a position the Chargers need to look at. The nose tackle position is critical for what the Chargers want to do on defense, and it will likely be a consideration for them. Also a factor is the relative rarity of a nose tackle prospect carrying a first-round grade.


* Williams is stout at the point of attack and occupies blockers. Tennessee was an undersized, athletic group and Williams helped keep them free to fly to the ball.

* He has a powerful lower body (good bubble) and plays at pad level; he doesn't get too high and out of position, but he will get his hands up and block passes and kicks on occasion.

* Williams is strong - he clogs running lanes and forces the play to the outsides where the linebacker can clean up.

* Still has upside; Williams has room to get even stronger, and has shown he is able to keep his weight under control, unlike other guys of his size.

* As pro-ready as any d-line prospect in the draft, having been coached under Lane and Monte Kiffin. Three year starter in the SEC. Teammates describe him as "unblockable."




Is Dan Williams on your wish-list? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments section below and let's have some draft discussion!

February 12, 2010

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BIG MIKE said... Feb 12, 2010, 2:47:00 PM

Dan Williams taking over for Jamal Williams? I like it. He'll probably need a new number though because I don't see him wearing #55 in SD lol

Brian said... Feb 12, 2010, 3:13:00 PM

I would absolutely LOVE to see Dan Williams sporting powder blue next season!

Shane said... Feb 12, 2010, 3:18:00 PM

If Dan Williams is available at #28 we need to take him! One huge weakness this last season was our inability to clog the run lanes at the point of attack and allowing RB's to get to the second level. Also we had a hard time with our D-linemen getting off there blocks and collapsing the pocket from straight up the middle. Dan williams would be solid insurance to our D-line if Jamal has a set back or at the least add a burst of energy to our line. Not to mention the kind of rotation we could run! We need to win in the trenches first so all of our skill players can $hine!

What do you guys think of drafting RB Ryan Matthews or Ben Tate in the second or third?

Rob Zepeda said... Feb 12, 2010, 3:52:00 PM


I love the idea of getting a Montario Hardesty or Ben Tate in the 2nd round, good call!

Brian said... Feb 12, 2010, 8:13:00 PM

Yes. Hardesty or Tate would be great additions to our offensive backfield. Very nice. I'm not so sure that Ryan Mathews would be available for the 56th pick.

Anonymous said... Feb 12, 2010, 9:11:00 PM

Won't happen. Dan Williams will come off the board much earlier than #28. I fathom the Chargers will likely try to parlay that first round draft pick for a couple of 2nd round draft picks. This is the "perfect storm" of drafts, and it would serve the Chargers well to accumulate as many second round draft picks, this way they will get good players (not blue chippers), and get them all signed in time for training camp in August.

(B.T.W: Stay away from Terrence Cody, we've already been through weight issues with OT Toniu Fonoti in 2005. The team needs to learn from its past history).

Shane said... Feb 12, 2010, 9:55:00 PM

Imagine Tate and Sproles 1 2 punch with our passing game. I noticed Tate runs really well out of shotgun formations and off tackle. He also can be effective in Norv's running game (up the middle). So we can run any kind of formation and be able to take it to the house on the ground with either back. Something that was rare last season. More effective balance = More playoff success!

Anonymous said... Feb 12, 2010, 10:16:00 PM

these are the team needs in my opinion:
-NT (jamal is getting up there in age)
-DE (we need to replace olshansky who will compliment castillo)
-CB (bigger taller CB)
-RB (bigger yet elusive, quick, shifty back)
-RT (nasty tackle to solidify the right side of the oline)
-K (we need to replace kaeding. He's too much of a comodity in the playoffs)

(not necessarily in this order)

Brian said... Feb 14, 2010, 12:59:00 PM

@ anonymous...when you said "commodity", did you mean to say "liability"? If so, then I can see how you'd feel this way.

Chris said... Feb 14, 2010, 5:46:00 PM

I would love to have Dan Williams. i am afraid he could be off the board come #28. if he is i would like us to take Cam Thomas. Cody is just too much of a liability with his weight. Thomas is strong and could be taken in the 2nd round if we were to trade up or have another 2nd rounder from a potential trade this off season.

Chris said... Feb 14, 2010, 5:49:00 PM

I simply do not see the hype around Ryan Mathews. I just don't get it. besides Spiller, the RB class is a mixed bag. there are a number of ways to go but i personally would like Miss. St. RB Anthony Dixon. i haven't watched any tape on Ben Tate but i will. Hardesty is quick but im not sold on him.

what does anyone think on Gerhart? said... Feb 15, 2010, 12:53:00 PM

Dan Williams would be gravy, however, DT Jared Odrick of Penn St. is the more realistic choice. Maybe an OT like Bruce Campbell of Maryland or Jason Fox of Miami. In Round 2, assuming RB's Dwyer and Matthews are chosen, big backs like Anthony Dixon of Miss St., Toby Gerhart of Stanford and LaGarrette Blount of Oregon would be available. DT Terrence Cody of Alabama could be an option as well. In Round 3 look for OT's Ciron Black of LSU or Sam Young of Notre Dame to be chosen. One of the aforementioned RB's could be available as well. In Round 4, if DE George Selvie of S.Florida is unavailable, look for S Kam Chancellor of Kentucky. Round 6 - Kansas WR Kerry Meier and Round 7 - Wake Forest DE Boo Robinson. GO CHARGERS!

Anonymous said... Feb 16, 2010, 7:10:00 AM

Dan Williams is my #1 option for the charger's first pick, i really hope he falls that far down but i don't think he will. Charger17, Odrick is not fit to be a Nose Tackle, he's 6'5 300 and really lanky, more of a DE in a 3-4 than anything. To the guy who wasn't sure about Ryan Matthews, if the measurables, smart running and production aren't enough, watch some youtube of him running the ball, he's looked phenominal the last couple years and if he didn't play for Fresno he's probably be ranked a lot higher.... If Dan Wiliams isn't available at #28 i say the next best NT would be Cam Thomas from North Carolina(6'3, 330). He's an AJ guy, quiet, stays out of trouble, hard working and under the radar.

Reality said... Feb 18, 2010, 8:54:00 AM

I can't believe Anonymous on Feb. 12 want's to replace Kaeding. Just because he has a phobia about kicking against the Jet's you don't replace a pro bowl kicker. If "Norvgoal" Turner and his undiciplined had the ball's to go for T.D.'s he wouldn't have to kick "Norvgoals". Play to win Norv not to tie or lose!

Whiskeypete said... Feb 22, 2010, 7:59:00 PM

totally agree that Williams is likely sitting at #1 on the SD draft board. will he slide to 28? only time will tell. I think it will come down to how the Rams and Skins pick. If they go for QBs then looking at most mock drafts, there is a good chance of Williams sliding to 28. Without Clausen and Bradford going in the first round, then the needs of 1-27 will mean Williams gets picked before the Bolts can get him. Dont like the looks of Cody in R1 or R2 due to attitude/commitment, etc. If he slides to R3 then perhaps. I've read varying scout reports on Odrick. A few think he can play at the 0 technique. More think he could play NT, but at the 1-technique. The majority though think he is more of a 5/7 technique type player. With so much varying opinion, it's tough to call. One thing is certain though is the game is a gamer and would improve the front 3 for SD.

Anonymous said... Mar 14, 2010, 11:37:00 PM

If the chargers stay put at #28, I dont see them taking a RB b/c they dont seem to have trouble finding 1 later in drafts. I see them taking another CB. (U know AJ loves his 1st round CBs) I wish they would go DL.. Any of The following: Williams, Thomas, Tyson Alualua. I'm afraid of what $$$ would do to T. Cody's wrk ethic & physique, dude already needs a breast reduction!

Chico in SD

Michel Craft said... Mar 15, 2010, 4:00:00 PM

I'm betting that AJ is targeting 3 RB's: Ryan Matthews (1st RD), Jonathan Dwyer and Monterio Hardesty (Both 2nd or 3rd RD's). If we lose Darren Sproles, add Dexter McCluster to the mix, and count on AJ drafting 2 of them. However, if Whitehurst goes to Seattle, and our compensation is trading 1st RD picks because they don't have a 3rd RD pick, AND Spiller is still on the board, he will be VERY, VERY hard for AJ to ignore.

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