Redskins Player Profile: Trent Williams

Posted on July 26, 2014 by Sameer Malla

Mr. Trent 'Silverback' Williams. This offensive tackle for the Washington Redskins was a first-round pick (#4 overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. Williams has been the franchise Left Tackle that the Redskins needed, following the footsteps of former Redskin LT, Chris Samuels (who, coincidentally, was also a top-4 overall pick in the first round for the Redskins 14 years ago).

In his four-year career, Williams has missed a total of 6 out of 55 games, and in only one of those 49 games, he did not start (was in his rookie season). Williams has been Mr. Dependable. According to the annual NFL Top 100 Players show, where a select number of NFL players rank their top 20 players overall that culminates in a June-July countdown of the Top 100 players, Trent Williams was ranked as the second-best offensive tackle, only behind Cleveland Browns LT Joe Thomas. And, Pro Football Focus (PFF), a website that tracks the statistics of all NFL players, has Williams ranked as the 15th-best player overall and also the 2nd-best Offensive Tackle behind Thomas as well.

Williams is praised by the media, coaches and players due to his excellent run-blocking abilities, which is partially why running back Alfred Morris has rushed for the second-most rushing yards over the past two seasons (2,888 yards), only behind Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (2,263). As PFF notes, Trent Williams has also been great in the passing game: “he had 13 games where he allowed two or fewer quarterback disruptions.”

Off-the-field, there have been some issues in the past, from the nightclub incident in Honolulu during the week of the 2013 Pro Bowl, to the four-game suspension due to marijuana use in his second season in the league, to the pointing/punching of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman following the Redskins Wild Card playoff loss in 2013:

Regardless, the player whose teammates have nicknamed Silverback due to the presence of a tattoo of a Silverback gorilla on his back, Trent Williams will look to continue his dominant run as one of the best OTs in the league for years to come.

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