Brennan Williams, an offensive tackle originally drafted in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Houston Texans, has been signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Before jumping to any conclusions about how good Williams could be and how his potential as a former third round draft pick makes him somehow ready to step in and start, we need to note that Williams is essentially just a “body” with some potential upside right now. He’s not the answer the Jaguars are looking for and if he continues with his physical limitations (cut for a failed physical before 2014 and missed entire rookie season with knee surgery), then don’t expect the Jaguars to utilize Williams often going forward. Or, maybe not at all if he doesn’t show that hanging onto a potentially injury-prone offensive tackle with no game time is worth it.
At this point the Williams signing means very little.
What is far more important is the search for a veteran free agent to put in at right tackle. Then, maybe, we’ll talk about Williams competing for a backup role during the offseason.
Until then, I’ll leave you with some analysis from nfl.com’s draft page of Brennan Williams from before the 2013 NFL Draft:
"I thought he might have been able to play left tackle, but I just don’t think he has the feet for it. – Mike MayockTall tackle with an athletic build, but with some strength in his arms and girth in the lower body. Shows bend in his three-point stance and a solid get-off in spite of his height. Extreme length allows him to ride defensive ends around the pocket or stop them cold if they try the inside lane. Good punch on first contact knocks ends off their routes. Flashes movement skills behind the line of scrimmage on pulls. Uses natural bend and strong hands to hit and sustain stationary targets at the second level and in the open field. Comes off the ball hard and stays with run blocks throughout the play, moving his feet and extending, sometimes taking his man to the ground."