With the compensatory pick that the Steelers received in the 6th round, they selected Florida State linebacker Vince Williams.
Williams is a Steelers type linebacker. He can be described with one word; physical.
Some may say that Williams is under-sized for the position at only 6’0″, but he is a healthy 247 lbs. And the Steelers have shown that they’re willing to give shorter players a chance if they play with a tough, physical style.
Williams really helped his draft stock by having an excellent Senior Bowl. He showed a willingness to sacrifice his body, and he was blowing people up with devastating hits. I’m sure that Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert loved that.
Williams is very compactly built. He’s short and very stocky. And he plays with anger and ferocity. He is a great run stuffer, and a leader on the field.
He’s not particularly fast, and I don’t look forward to seeing him play against Ray Rice. But Larry Foote and James Farrior both looked silly playing against Rice, so that would be nothing new.
Williams suffered a season ending back injury as a freshman that forced him to redshirt. That severely slowed his development. He also missed spring practice as a senior with a crack in his tibia.
He isn’t accomplished in pass coverage, and the Steelers coaching staff is going to have to help him in that area. But overall, the Steelers are getting a physical backup linebacker who will have an immediate impact on special teams.