Dan Williams (defensive tackle)

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Dan Williams
No. 92     Arizona Cardinals
Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-06-01) June 1, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 327 lb (148 kg)
Career information
High school: Memphis (TN) East
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Debuted in 2010 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles 156
Sacks 2.0
Forced Fumbles 0
Interceptions 1
Touchdowns 1
Stats at NFL.com

Daniel Ellis Williams (born June 1, 1987) is an American football nose tackle for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.

Early years[edit]

Williams attended Memphis East High School in Memphis, Tennessee. As a senior he had 132 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Williams was ranked as the No. 35 defensive tackle in a class highlighted by DeMarcus Granger and Callahan Bright, and that also included Ndamukong Suh and Tyson Alualu.[1]

College career[edit]

Williams attended the University of Tennessee from 2005 to 2009. As a senior he was a second team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches after recording 62 tackles and two sacks.[2] He finished his career with 153 tackles and six sacks.

Professional career[edit]

After a "tremendous" senior season, Williams was project a first-round selection by Sports Illustrated.[3] He was ranked the third best defensive tackle available in the 2010 NFL Draft, behind only Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy.[4] He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals 26th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.[5]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2 in 327 lb 33½ in 10⅛ in 5.19 s 1.75 s 2.96 s 4.87 s 7.88 s 32 in 8 ft 0 in 27 reps
All values from NFL Combine[6]

Williams signed a 5 year, $10.335 million contract on August 2, 2010.[7] As a rookie Williams played in 15 games totaling 37 tackles and had 2 passes defended. In 2011, Williams was the starting Nose Tackle. In his first career start against Carolina, Williams led the defensive line with 4 solo tackles including 1 for a loss. On November 20, 2011, in the 4th quarter against San Francisco, Williams broke his arm and was placed on injured reserve ending his season. Williams finished the season playing in 10 games (starting all 10), totaling 20 tackles, and 2 passes defended. He appeared in 15 games with 11 starts in 2012 with 41 tackles on the season. On September 8, 2013, Williams intercepted a pass from Sam Bradford and returned it 2 yards for a touchdown. On September 21, 2013, his father died in a car accident, driving to New Orleans to see his son play.[8]


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