Dan Williams should be veteran option to help at nose tackle for Washington Redskins
Who is Dan Williams?
Williams is not a player that has been talked about much. He was released by the Oakland Raiders on April 18, just over a week before the 2017 NFL Draft. His departure from the team went largely unnoticed, but he could be an impact player for the team that signs him.
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Williams was a former first round pick by the Arizona Cardinals who has played seven seasons in the NFL. In five years with the Cardinals, Williams was the team’s primary run stuffer at the 3-4 nose tackle position. He got the job done on running downs thanks to his 6-foot-2, 330 pound frame, and developed into a quality starter for the team. He was consistent and paired well with Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell.
After joining the Raiders in 2015, Williams enjoyed a career year, making a career high 48 tackles and starting all but one of the Raiders’ game. He was a huge part of the team’s improvement on defense, and looked to be a key cog moving forward.
However, Williams regressed a bit in 2016, and the Raiders elected to move on from him. That said, this would not deter the Redskins from going after him. They already signed a former Raider lineman in Stacy McGee, so Williams could be a fit as well. Especially considering that he actually has experience playing nose tackle.