In the 6th round (pick #179) of the 2013 NFL Draft, Tom Telesco selected Florida International University Linebacker Tourek Williams. Williams played Defensive End at FIU and is projected to play Outside Linebacker in the Chargers 3-4 defensive scheme. Williams has prototypical size at 6’3, 260 pounds. The 2012 All-Sun Belt Conference first teamer, Williams had 46 stops in 2012, including an impressive 14.5 tackles for loss (TFL), and 6.5 sacks. Williams’ durability is without question, as he started 38-consecutive games in the last three years. His production has always remained high as he registered 13 or more TFL’s, and over 4.5 sacks per year since he was named a started in 2010.
Soon after the Chargers’ selection, Telesco appeared on Chargers.com and described Williams as “a high energy, high motor (player), plays very hard and has some pass rush ability.” Telesco also projects Williams as a contributor on Special Teams.
Watching tape of the FIU 4-3 base defense, Williams (#97) lined up as a defensive-end on both sides of the line. Williams did a good job of collapsing the pocket. There are times he gets washed out and over runs the play. Williams has a relentless motor and is quick off the snap. He shows good instincts with pursuit angles and is consistently around the ball.
As a 6th round draft pick, Williams has to impress on special teams and make the most of his opportunities. As a pass rush specialist, the Chargers will have found a gem if Williams can come off the bench and produce much like, recently lost sack-specialist, Antwan Barnes. Pro Football Weekly describes Williams as “quick footed and light on his feet. (He) plays hard and competes (with) good effort production.”
In a recent interview with Chargers.com, Williams stated, “ I’m going to contribute in any way I can, be a great teammate and person, and do what I can to make this organization and city proud.”
Tourek Williams will come into Chargers’ camp hungry to earn a spot and make an impact on this young team. I for one will not be betting against him.