NFL Draft season is about to heat up as the 2014 season will come to a close later this week, and one name you're sure to hear a lot about in the coming months is that of USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams.
For good reason, too.
The junior is tops on a lot of prospect boards, including that of NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, and Williams is as disruptive as they come up front. Williams, at 6-foot-5, 298 pounds, has talents in both run stuffing and pass blocking, and one former Falcons offensive lineman has taken note of just how impactful Williams can be at the next level.
"I think he's going to be a good one," said Lincoln Kennedy, a former ninth-overall selection of the Falcons in 1993, of the USC defensive lineman. "The best thing about taking the next step is first getting acclimated to the speed of the game and then trying to define yourself. More times than not, it's a question of attitude — how bad do you want it? How bad is that desire?
"We in the media notice some of those guys are a man amongst boys based on who they're playing against and I think Leonard can be a good one."
Williams recorded 80 tackles and seven sacks in 2014. He was named USC's team MVP, first-team All-Pac-12 and an All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and ESPN.