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Source: Williams working out for Broncos today

Tennessee defensive tackle led Vols with nine QB hurries in 2009. Joe Fortenbaugh

Print This April 08, 2010, 12:08 PM EST
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If you want depth in this year’s draft class, look no further than the defensive tackle position.

Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh and Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy may grab all of the headlines, but there are at least four other defensive tackles that have a shot at the first round.

One of those “other four” is Tennessee’s Dan Williams, who is working out for the Denver Broncos Thursday, per a league source.

The 6’2”, 327-pounder recorded 61 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and nine quarterback hurries for the 7-6 Volunteers in 2009. Williams capped the year by earning first-team Associated Press All SEC honors.

In addition to Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain and Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, Williams has been one of the players linked to the Broncos and their first-round pick (11th overall) this offseason.

Denver ranked 26th in the NFL against the run in 2009 (128.7 yds/gm) and gave up an average of 30.5 points per game over their last four outings (0-4), so it makes a lot of sense for them to address the defense with their first-round pick.

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Stan Dyer
Apr 08, 2010
02:51 PM

The reported statistics are true, but statistics don't always perfectly relate the facts. Few people seem to notice that the Broncos were having some trouble keeping a healthy O-line together for the stretch run in '09. Without the necessary blocks, the offense was limited, and, thus, "offensive." That put way too much pressure on the defense to perform, and they just couldn't do it as much as it was needed. They need Rolando McClain in the middle on D, but they also need some good "beef" for blocking who can stay healthy and play as a unit on the O line. Don't be too surprised if an offensive lineman slips in there as one of the top picks.

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