Two days into training camp and the Arizona Cardinals’ have all draft picks under contract. First-round pick Dan Williams was the last to sign, agreeing to a five-year contract with the team on Monday. Terms were not disclosed.
Williams was a force up front for Tennessee’s defense, finishing his career with 160 tackles, 25 tackles-for-loss and 7 sacks. He’s best remembered for his 2007 field goal block in double overtime against Kentucky that opened the door for the Volunteers to win the game and advance to the SEC Championship Game.
The Memphis native was unanimously considered the best 3-4 nose tackle in last April’s draft and a “gift” to the Cardinals at pick No. 26. Williams has been touted for his high motor, athleticism and ability to eat up space. Williams’ best asset might be to create penetration in the backfield and open up holes for teammates to make plays.
Williams is expected to push for playing time right away at nose tackle, where Gabe Watson and veteran Bryan Robinson are entrenched atop the depth chart. But if Williams proves his worth early on, it could be difficult for the Arizona to keep him out of the starting lineup.
Williams is expected to arrive in Flagstaff Monday night and will make his training camp debut on Tuesday.
Cardinals’ training camp continues this week with the team’s first preseason game set for August 14 at University of Phoenix Stadium against the Houston Texans.
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