DT Leonard Williams, USC
College Career: Three-year starter at USC who racked up 21 sacks and 36.5 TFLs while earning First-team All-American honors in 2013 and 2014. Saw time at both defensive end and defensive tackle.
Strengths: Rare talent who uses his size and talent to dominate opposing offensive lineman. Excellent run-stopper with untapped pass-rushing ability. Sheds blocks with shear strength and punishes ball-carriers and quarterbacks. Unlimited upside in any scheme.
Weaknesses: Disappears at times. Technique needs a lot of work, especially when it comes to pass-rushing. Won’t maximize high potential if he doesn’t put the work into small details.
Bears Outlook: All of Williams’ success so far has come via his raw talent and ability, which is why NFL teams are drooling. If he ends up in the right spot with a defensive line coach who can get him to refine his technique, we’re talking about Hall of Fame potential here. It would be shocking if Williams fell to the Bears at No. 7, but if he did, they would have to take him. He can play up and down the defensive line.