The Philadelphia Eagles spent a third-round pick on Louisiana Tech’s Milton Williams with the hopes that he’d be able to be plugged in anywhere along the defensive line and make a difference. Williams has the ability to play at defensive end and defensive tackle, making him an appealing player for the Eagles as they look to fine-tune their defense.
Brent Sobleski listed Williams as the Eagles’ X-factor this year and offered this analysis:
"The 6’3″, 290-pounder has the size and athleticism to play end or tackle. He made a splash Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers while playing predominantly at end. The rookie created pressure and consistently reset the line of scrimmage.~~~Williams is an athlete on par with Aaron Donald. No, that’s not hyperbole. Obviously, the comparison should go no further than their physical traits. However, the 22-year-old has the potential to be a significant disruptive force.The Eagles seem to have something in their third-rounder and plan to take full advantage."
Inside the Iggles’ own Jon-Michael Salter wrote about how Williams is a rookie with star potential. Salter wrote that Williams is capable of shutting down both the passing game and running game, making him a viable member of this Eagles D. He’s a disruptive force, who had 10 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks at Louisiana Tech last year, proving he’s able to wreak havoc against the opposition.
Milton Williams is the Philadelphia Eagles’ X-factor
As of now, at least according to Our Lads, Williams is listed as the backup right defensive tackle sitting behind Fletcher Cox on the depth chart. While he’s probably not unseating Cox as the starter (barring injuries, of course), there’s reason to believe that Williams could certainly make a strong impression as a backup and eventually work his way into the starting lineup.
The Eagles like what they’ve seen from Williams so far in training camp and the next step is for him to put it together so that he can steal the show as a rookie.