Nick Williams
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Williams in the 2019 NFL season
Personal information
Born: (1990-02-21) February 21, 1990 (age 32)
Birmingham, Alabama
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Minor (Adamsville, Alabama)
College:Samford
Position:Defensive end
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 7 / Pick: 223
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Total tackles:105
Sacks:7.5
Fumble recoveries:2
Pass deflections:5
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Nick Williams (born February 21, 1990) is an American football defensive end who is a free agent. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft after his college career at Samford.[1]

Early years

Williams was a lightly recruited player out of Minor High School in Birmingham, Alabama, having played basketball for two years before switching to football in his senior year. At Samford, Williams was red-shirted as a freshman in 2008 and then saw two years of backup duties from 2009 to 2010. In 2011, Williams earned a starting position, notching 23 tackles and three tackles for loss over all eleven games. Williams improved on his performance in 2012, accumulating 31 tackles, eight for a loss, six sacks, and a blocked kick while starting all eleven games.[1]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+12 in
(1.94 m)
309 lb
(140 kg)
34+18 in
(0.87 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
4.94 s 1.70 s 2.86 s 4.65 s 7.55 s 33 in
(0.84 m)
9 ft 3 in
(2.82 m)
28 reps
All values from NFL Combine[2]

Pittsburgh Steelers

Williams was selected in the seventh round with the 223rd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. On August 25, 2013, he was placed on the Steelers' injured reserve list.[3] He was released by the Steelers on August 30, 2014 and was signed to the team's practice squad the next day.

Kansas City Chiefs

On November 24, 2014, Williams was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs off the Steelers' practice squad.[4] He was re-signed by the team on April 18, 2016. He was released on October 18, 2016.[5]

Miami Dolphins

On October 19, 2016, Williams was signed by the Miami Dolphins.[6] He was released on September 2, 2017.[7]

Chicago Bears

On April 19, 2018, Williams was signed by the Chicago Bears.[8] He re-signed with the team on a one-year contract on March 15, 2019.[9]

In 2019, Williams recorded his first career sack against the Denver Broncos on Joe Flacco.[10] In week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings, Williams sacked Kirk Cousins twice and recovered a fumble forced by Khalil Mack in the 16-6 win.[11]

Detroit Lions

On March 24, 2020, Williams signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Detroit Lions.[12]

References

  1. ^ a b "Steelers select DE Nicholas Williams". Steelers.com. Archived from the original on September 8, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  2. ^ "Nicholas Williams, Samford, DT, 2013 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved August 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "Steelers Make Roster Moves; Trim Roster to 75". Steelers.com. August 25, 2013. Archived from the original on January 15, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  4. ^ Teope, Herbie (November 24, 2014). "Chiefs sign DT Nick Williams to active roster from Steelers practice squad". Chiefs Digest. Archived from the original on June 20, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Chiefs Announce Roster Moves". Chiefs.com. October 18, 2016. Archived from the original on December 8, 2017.
  6. ^ Lieser, Jason (October 19, 2016). "Dolphins awarded DT Nick Williams off waivers from Chiefs". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  7. ^ "Dolphins Make Roster Moves". MiamiDolphins.com. September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on June 20, 2018.
  8. ^ Mayer, Larry (April 19, 2018). "Bears sign two players after minicamp auditions". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Eurich, Matt (March 15, 2019). "Bears re-sign defensive lineman Nick Williams". 247Sports.com. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  10. ^ Emma, Chris (September 20, 2019). "Bears' Nick Williams Embracing His Opportunity". WSCR. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "Bears lose Trubisky, shut down Cook in 16-6 win over Vikings". www.espn.com. September 29, 2019. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  12. ^ "Lions agree to terms with eight free agents". DetroitLions.com. March 20, 2020.