Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 8/24/08: #21 OLB, #247/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 7
2008: All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, The Sporting News, Associated Press, the Sports Network, College Sporting News and the American Football Coaches Association...Rated the best linebacker prospect below the major college ranks by The NFL Draft Report and finished fourth in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the top defensive player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision ranks...Added All-Gateway Conference first-team honors...Named the team's Defensive Most Valuable Player...Started all 11 games at weak-side outside linebacker, producing at least one tackle behind the line of scrimmage in each of his first 10 contests...Set the school season-record and led the FCS ranks with six forced fumbles...Recorded 67 tackles (39 solo) with four sacks for minus-29 yards...Led the team with a career-high 17.0 stops for losses totaling 57 yards, ranking second in the conference...Added four quarterback pressures and deflected six passes...2007: 11 GP; 11 GS; 42 Sol-107 TT, 16.5 TFL, 8 SK, 4 PBU, 2 QBH, 2 FR, 5 FF; Named to the AFCA FCS All-America Team and the Associated Press All-America Second Team... a first-team all-Gateway honoree... runner-up for Gateway Defensive Player of the Year Award... led the Gateway in three defensive categories - sacks (8), tackles for loss (16.5) and forced fumbles (5), and ranked third in tackles (107)... ranked among the nation's top 50 defensive players in tackles for loss, total tackles and sacks... his five forced fumbles ranked fifth nationally and tied a school record... helped anchor a defensive unit that ranked among the top-25 nationally in five categories - scoring defense (18th), total defense (21st), pass defense (22nd), sacks (23rd) and pass efficiency defense (25th)... named the team's defensive MVP at the annual awards banquet...2006: 11 GP; 11 GS; 41 Sol-92 TT, 10.5 TFL, 3 SK, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 3 FF; Was the only linebacker to start all 11 games... earned honorable mention all-Gateway honors... ranked eighth in the league in tackles, averaging 8.4 per game... had more tackles than any sophomore in the league (92)... also had three sacks (-29 yards)... ranked seventh in the conference with 10.5 tackles for loss (-47 yards)... forced three fumbles, including two at Missouri State... 2005: 10 GP; 2 GS; 14 Sol-23 TT, 1 TFL, 1 BLK; Started the final two games of the season at strong safety... appeared in 10 games, missing only the Iowa Wesleyan contest... totaled 23 tackles, including 14 solo stops.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 3/69 -- Jason Williams, LB, 6-1, 241, Western Illinois...He wowed the Cowboys and others with a 4.49 40-yard dash. Also had 14 forced turnovers in college. Should provide depth at a thin linebacker position and help on special teams. - by The Sports Xchange