Dan Williams (defensive tackle)

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Dan Williams
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Williams in the 2015 NFL season
No. 92, 90
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1987-06-01) June 1, 1987 (age 31)
Memphis, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High school: Memphis (TN) East
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (2009)
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles: 222
Sacks: 3.5
Forced fumbles: 0
Fumble recoveries: 2
Interceptions: 1
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Daniel Ellis Williams (born June 1, 1987) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee. He has also played for the Oakland Raiders.

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 projected 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]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
327 lb
(148 kg)
33 12 in
(0.85 m)
10 18 in
(0.26 m)
5.19 s 1.75 s 2.96 s 4.87 s 7.88 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
8 ft 0 in
(2.44 m)
27 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Williams was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals 26th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.[6] He 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]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

On March 11, 2015, Williams signed with the Oakland Raiders.[9][10]

On April 18, 2017, the Raiders released Williams.[11]

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2010 ARI 15 38 27 11 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2011 ARI 10 20 14 6 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2012 ARI 15 44 33 11 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2013 ARI 14 23 15 8 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 1 2
2014 ARI 16 31 20 11 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2015 OAK 16 48 33 15 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2016 OAK 16 17 11 6 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 102 221 153 68 3.5 0 1 0 1 2 2 2 1 10

[12]

Personal life[edit]

Dan spends his offseason in Memphis, where he is a hands-on dad to his nine year-old daughter, McKayla. Off the field, Dan is committed to serving others, especially in the areas of education and health and wellness, specifically preventing diabetes in the African American community with his Filling the Gaps Foundation. He is also an ambassador for the American Diabetes Association and is a member of Team Tackle,[13] work he dedicates to the memory of his late father who died in 2013.[citation needed]

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