Houston Texans: 3 Late round edge rushers for 2020 NFL Draft
1. Jonah Williams, Weber State
Jonah Williams of Weber State had a Pro Day as the potential late-round selection measured in at 6’5, 281 pounds. Williams also had 30 reps at the 225 pound bench press, and had a 4.67 40-yard dash time per stats posted by his agent Evan Brennan.
Williams with his Pro Day numbers — as he was not at he NFL Combine in late February — had a faster 40-yard dash time than any defensive lineman over 265 pounds at the combine. Williams’ bench press numbers would have placed him second at the combine for defensive ends, and overall he had a solid Pro Day with the numbers he recorded.
Playing in the Big Sky Conference, Williams was selected as the Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Willaims totaled 28 solo tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and five QB hurries in his final collegiate season to ear the DPOY honors.
Williams is this low in the draft partly because he played at a smaller school, but none of that really matters if the player has skills. At least with the numbers from his Pro Day, Williams does seem to stack up nicely with other players who are much higher rated than he is.
The Weber State edge rusher is well worth the chance if the Texans draft decision makers want him late in the seventh round.
At worst, Williams could work on the practice squad for a season, learn from an all-time great like J.J. Watt, improve his skills, continue to get stronger, and see where he stands as the year progresses.