Instant Analysis: OT Chris Williams
OT Chris Williams (Stan Jones/Vandy Mania)
OT Chris Williams (Stan Jones/Vandy Mania)
Posted Apr 26, 2008

With the 14th pick in Round 1, the Chicago Bears selected Vanderbilt offensive tackle Chris Williams. According to, Williams is the No. 2 player available at his position. Here is a scouting report on Williams with all the highlights you need to know about the newest Midway Monster.

OT Chris Williams – Vanderbilt

The numbers: 6-6, 315 pounds, 5.13 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 21 bench-press reps at 225 pounds, 25-inch vertical jump.

The skinny: Big, athletic, and NFL-ready as a pass protector right now, Williams has all the tools to be a dominant left tackle for the next decade. Although he needs to get a little nastier on the ground and lacks that classic mean streak you like to see in the trenches, he has tremendous physical tools and shows excellent technique against smaller and faster defenders out in space.

The analysis: The Bears went from very experienced to very old along the offensive line seemingly overnight this past season, so Williams fills an immediate need up front. Assuming John Tait moves back to his natural home on the right side, the Midway Monsters have the opportunity to fix two problem positions at once with this first-round selection.

Want to see what 35-year veteran NFL talent evaluator Tom Marino has to say about Chris Williams? Click Here to read his expert analysis.

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