Philadelphia Eagles: Raequan Williams, DL, Michigan State
It was tempting not to put Khalil Tate on this list simply for his athletic ability, but he just converted from quarterback to wide receiver this offseason. So, there is a huge learning curve ahead of him. Meanwhile, Raequan Williams is pretty polished already. At one point before last season, Williams was projected as a first-round pick.
Williams had a solid career at Michigan State for the Spartans. His career totals consist of 29 tackles for losses and 11.5 sacks. He was able to improve on his pass rush skills each year, while still being a factor against the run. The Draft Network’s Joe Marino talked about Williams NFL outlook. Marino said:
"Michigan State defensive tackle Raequan Williams has been a mainstay for the Spartans defense for several seasons and provided quality run defense. He’s fairly stout and knows how to take on single blocks. That said, he does have work to do in terms of processing skills and anchoring against doubles. While Williams has improved as a pass rusher, his forecast at the next level is modest on account of his ordinary burst, flexibility and rush moves. Williams can find work as an early down defender as a one-technique in a 4-3 defense."
It will take injuries to a majority of the Eagles stout defensive line for Williams to get meaningful playing time. But, Williams could set himself up to be a rotational player if he has a good preseason. However, it won’t be the first time the former walk-on would have to battle for a roster spot.