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Owen Williams might be the strongest prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft class. The 6-foot-2, 295-pound defensive tackle out of the University of Tennessee is incredibly powerful. NFL.com named him the third-strongest player in college football last season. At Tennessee’s recent Pro Day, Williams lived up to that billing and then some:
Forty-two reps on the Bench Press test is an astounding display of upper-body strength and muscle endurance. Had Williams posted that number at the 2016 NFL Combine, he would’ve crushed the competition. Christian Westerman, an offensive lineman from Arizona State, had the top result at this year’s Combine with 34 reps. In the past decade, only four players have exceeded 42 reps at the Combine.
Williams also possesses superhuman lower-body strength. NFL.com reports his Squat max at over 700 pounds. He also moves extremely well for a big man, as he reportedly clocked a 4.95 40-Yard Dash at his Pro Day.
As a Volunteer last season, Williams racked up 35 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss, yet most scouting sites did not list him among their top defensive tackle prospects. His impressive Pro Day performance could change perceptions and put Williams on more NFL teams’ radar screens.
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