#7 BUST-O-METER: Dan Williams

2010 NFL Combine - Day Three


The NFL Draft is suppose to be a time where teams fill their rosters with young promising players that will ensure success in the future, unfortunately this isn’t always the case. Year in and Year out players are selected and fail to live up to their potential and are labeled BUSTS. These Busts could potentially have a crippling affect on a franchises future. Some of the more famous draft Busts are Ryan Leaf, Akili Smith, Lawrence Phillips, and Ki-Jana Carter. How a bust is determined is too undefined to get into details about.

A prime example is the 6 straight losing seasons following the Bengals failure to develop Akili Smith into a capable NFL starter. Compare that to the 6 straight winning seasons produced by the Chargers after drafting Phillip Rivers in 2004. Of course these players are not solely responsible for their team’s success or failures but they did have a major impact.

After looking over the players projected to go in the first round I was amazed how many gave me an uneasy feeling. This week we are going to count down the top 10 players with the most bust potential. I encourage that all the readers get involved and suggest potential busts of the week. Leave comments to help me feel better about a player or continue to add on the pile.


Dan Williams- DT- Tennessee


6 out of 10


Dan Williams is benefiting from the draft process; his stock is on a continuous rise.  Williams has the size and ability to play the coveted nose tackle position.  The 3-4 defense has taken the NFL by storm and arguably the most important position in the 3-4 defense is the nose tackle.  Teams need a big nose tackle with the ability to stuff the run and draw double teams.  William’s draft stock has seen the effects of the nose tackle demand.  I believe that Williams will be selected early in the draft which is what put him on my bust radar.  While Williams shows ability he has no experience playing the nose tackle position.  Williams should have a good career but is he worthy of a top 10 pick?  The high expectations are what will be Williams’s demise.  If he doesn’t develop into a Vince Wilfork, Casey Hampton, or Haloti Ngata he will be considered a bust.

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  • JimmyDiDago

    Can anyone say “Big Daddy Wilkinson” ?!
    The comparisons are mind boggling!
    But I’m a Buckeyes fan living near Knoxville and watched every UT game this year (no OSU down here, so UT is my adoptive fave). He’s got more upside and a far, far better motor than Wilkinson.
    So, I’ll guess him to be productive at least. Maybe closer to Shaun Rogers- type who’ll need a few years to adapt and have some success.