Dan Williams (defensive tackle)
Williams in the 2015 NFL season
|No. 92, 90|
|Born:||June 1, 1987|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||330 lb (150 kg)|
|High school:||East (Memphis, Tennessee)|
|NFL Draft:||2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
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.
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.
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. He finished his career with 153 tackles and six sacks.
After a "tremendous" senior season, Williams was projected a first-round selection by Sports Illustrated. He was ranked the third best defensive tackle available in the 2010 NFL Draft, behind only Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy.
|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
|33 1⁄2 in
|10 1⁄8 in
|5.19 s||1.75 s||2.96 s||4.87 s||7.88 s||32 in
|8 ft 0 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Williams was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals 26th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. He signed a 5-year, $10.335 million contract on August 2, 2010. 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.
On April 18, 2017, the Raiders released Williams.
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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, work he dedicates to the memory of his late father who died in 2013.
- Coaches Select All-SEC Team Archived June 19, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- Cardinals take Dan Williams 26th overall
- Rosenthal, Gregg (March 11, 2015). "Raiders pick up Curtis Lofton, Dan Williams for defense". NFL.com.
- "Raiders Sign DT Dan Williams". Raiders.com. March 11, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- Sessler, Marc. "Dan Williams released by Oakland Raiders". NFL.com. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
- "Dan Williams Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
- "American Diabetes Association Joins with Professional Football Players to Launch". American Diabetes Association. Retrieved June 23, 2017.