WT: 195 lbs
High School: Northside Christian (St. Petersburg, FL)
Accolades: 2017 1st Team D-II All-American. 2017 1st Team All-SAC.
Scouting Report: CB Darius Williams, Carson-Newman
Speed/Athleticism: Darius Williams shows good speed and athleticism. I’m very interested to know how he would test. Fluid hips allow him to change directions quickly. One of the most athletic players on the field.
Man/Press Coverage Ability: Shows sticky man coverage ability at the D-II level. Excellent work in press coverage. He plays physically and aggressively, trusting in his athletic ability to make up for any mistakes.
Zone Coverage Ability: Plays good zone coverage. Understands how to play zone and how to take throwing lanes away. Spent time playing both cornerback and safety at Carson-Newman, so has significant time playing both deep zone and underneath coverage.
Ball Skills: Doesn’t catch very consistently, but Williams can make plays on the football defensively. Didn’t receive many opportunities due to good coverage when in man situations to get balls thrown his way.
Tackling/Pursuit: Williams has the ability to hit people with aggression. He lowers the boom with a cold shoulder. Shows the ability to make good wrap-up tackles.
Football IQ/Instincts: Instincts seem pretty solid. Smart, heady player who has played all across the secondary. Williams’s highlight reel is full of good reads and solid football IQ.
Leadership/Personality: Missed the Shrine Bowl due to an injury, something that will concern NFL teams a little bit. A very passionate player who only wants to continue his playing career at the next level.
Overall: Darius Williams is no doubt a very talented football player, and can develop into a good secondary player. I think he could either be a strong safety (provided he puts on a little bit more weight) or a press nickel cornerback at the next level because of his physicality. The NFL is going to knock Williams for the injury to end this season, as well as the fact that he played D-II football. That’s not to say that Williams isn’t a good player, he was a D-II All-American as a sophomore, but it’s something that the NFL will be hesitant to touch. I think he’s a good day three pick, he can develop into a role player in the NFL in a multitude of NFL schemes.