After nearly three hours of waiting, Arizona Cardinals fans could let out a collective sigh of relief after the team drafted nose tackle Dan Williams in the first round. It seemed nearly impossible in the months leading up to the draft for Williams to slip all the way to the 26th pick, but after an eventful draft, the impossible happened. The Cardinals landed the nose tackle they desperately needed to man their 3-4 defense.
At 6'2", 327 pounds, Williams size is perfect for the Cardinals defense. Last year he racked up an amazing 132 tackles, 5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. Williams will bring a powerful bull rush to the Cardinals pass rush and even showcases a swim move in his pass-rushing repertoire. Where Williams excels however, is against the run. He'll become a stalwart along the Cardinals defensive line, stuffing runs up the middle while commanding double teams. He's very powerful and features a low center of gravity that makes him extremely hard to move. He has had some problems with weight and stamina issues, but with John Lott and a conditioning coach, that shouldn't be a factor.
With Gabe Watson signed as the only defensive tackle, drafting Williams fits perfectly with the Cardinals needs. He'll get the opportunity to start out of training camp and will make the defensive ends and linebackers around him better. Drafting Williams was also important as NFC West division rival San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks each drafted offensive lineman in the first round. What are your thoughts on drafting Dan Williams and how much will the Cardinals defense improve?