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Texans draft UConn OLB Trevardo Willliams in 4th round

Posted Apr 27, 2013

The Texans picked Connecticut DE Trevardo Williams in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft with the 124th overall pick on Saturday. He will play OLB.


The Texans picked Connecticut defensive end Trevardo Williams in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft with the 124th overall pick on Saturday. He will play outside linebacker in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense.

Williams (6-1, 241), who was born in Jamaica and live there for nine years, had 12.5 sacks as a junior at UConn and 11.5 as a senior. He ran a 4.57 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and ran the 100 meters in high school with a personal best of 10.58.

“The one thing he has that the rest of them on the board don’t is he’s fast, period,” Texans linebackers coach Reggie Herring said. “The guy can fly… If you are fast, you have a chance to be successful early before you even learn any techniques. Fast is important. Speed is very valuable in our defense, and that’s what he’s got.”

Herring said the Texans will put Williams at SAM linebacker on the strongside and let him develop behind Sam Montgomery, their third-round draft pick out of LSU. Herring said the Texans also might have the flexibility to move Brooks Reed to inside linebacker next to Brian Cushing. Bryan Braman is the current backup to weakside starter Whitney Mercilus.

“What we see in our system is the more linebackers, the better,” Herring said. “They give flexibility within your system, which is critical.”

Herring described Williams’ height as “not ideal for the position, but adequate.”

“There’s plenty of 6-1 ‘backers that are pretty good in this league,” Herring said. “His play strength is really good, which is really important to me

“We’ve always had him earmarked at coming in as a backup SAM, special teams, pass rush, and develop into a possible starter someday. As we look at developing backups in this league, the backup guys, you want them to at least some day have the chance to get there, and they have to have some special quality whether it be incredible play-strength to stop the run and dominate or be a great pass rusher. You have to have some quality, and he has that redeeming quality: He is very fast.”

Texans 2013 draft picks
Round 1, Pick 27 (27 overall): WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
Round 2, Pick 25 (57): S D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
Round 3, Pick 27 (89): T Brennan Williams, North Carolina
Round 3, Pick 33 (95)*: DE Sam Montgomery, LSU
Round 4, Pick 27 (124): OLB Trevardo Williams, Connecticut
Round 5, Pick 27 (160)
Round 6, Pick 27 (195)
Round 6, Pick 33 (201)*
Round 7, Pick 27 (233)
*Compensatory selection

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The Texans picked Connecticut defensive end Trevardo Williams in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft with the 124th overall pick on Saturday. He will play outside linebacker in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense.

Williams (6-1, 241), who was born in Jamaica and live there for nine years, had 12.5 sacks as a junior at UConn and 11.5 as a senior. He ran a 4.57 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and ran the 100 meters in high school with a personal best of 10.58.

“The one thing he has that the rest of them on the board don’t is he’s fast, period,” Texans linebackers coach Reggie Herring said. “The guy can fly… If you are fast, you have a chance to be successful early before you even learn any techniques. Fast is important. Speed is very valuable in our defense, and that’s what he’s got.”

Herring said the Texans will put Williams at SAM linebacker on the strongside and let him develop behind Sam Montgomery, their third-round draft pick out of LSU. Herring said the Texans also might have the flexibility to move Brooks Reed to inside linebacker next to Brian Cushing. Bryan Braman is the current backup to weakside starter Whitney Mercilus.

“What we see in our system is the more linebackers, the better,” Herring said. “They give flexibility within your system, which is critical.”

Herring described Williams’ height as “not ideal for the position, but adequate.”

“There’s plenty of 6-1 ‘backers that are pretty good in this league,” he said. “His play strength is really good, which is really important to me

“We’ve always had him earmarked at coming in as a backup SAM, special teams, pass rush, and develop into a possible starter someday. As we look at developing backups in this league, the backup guys, you want them to at least some day have the chance to get there, and they have to have some special quality whether it be incredible play-strength to stop the run and dominate or be a great pass rusher. You have to have some quality, and he has that redeeming quality: He is very fast.”

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