INDIANAPOLIS – if there is one player who can challenge quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota to be taken with the No. 1 pick in the draft, it¡¯s Southern California defensive lineman Leonard Williams.
Jamie Meder Kids Jersey At least that¡¯s what the 302-pound junior thinks the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should do. If not them, then the Tennessee Titans at No. 2.
“I¡¯m shooting for that No. 1 spot,” Williams said at the NFL Scouting Combine. He said that after being asked about getting drafted by the Oakland Raiders at No. 4 overall. The difference between those two draft spots is about $2.5 million.
“I have high expectations for myself and so do my coaches,” Williams said. “That¡¯s just the way I¡¯ve been coached for a long time. It would mean a lot to me and my family to go as high as possible. If No. 1 is the spot, I¡¯d love to be there.”
In a draft where a quarterback is expected to be the No. 1 pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Williams may be a long shot for the top spot. Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was the first pick of last year¡¯s draft, making him the third defensive player to get picked at No. 1 since 2000.
Womens Brandon Thompson Jersey Williams, who had 80 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks last season, made a convincing argument about why he should be top pick.
“I¡¯m competing with quarterbacks at a really different position. I would say from previous years, sometimes it¡¯s taking a chance when you take a quarterback,” Williams said. “You never know what you¡¯re going to get. I¡¯m going to bring a disruption and a physicalness and get to the passer.”