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PFF: Trent Williams Among Best In NFL

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 8, 2012 – 8:17 am

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To be obvious, high expectations come with being the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

After two-and-a-half seasons, Trent Williams is meeting those expectations.

The left tackle was recently ranked by Pro Football Focus as one of the best players in the league this season in their “2012 Top 51” list.

So where did Williams rank, exactly?

He fell at No. 28 overall — third among NFL left tackles, and is the only Redskins player on the list.

For those of you unfamiliar with Pro Football Focus, it is a wonderful (and sometimes very telling) website that goes way beyond the average football statistics and offers up its own advanced ways of evaluating each player in the NFL.

For example: Kahled Elsayed, who built the PFF 2012 Top 51 list, said Williams ranks fourth among all left tackles this season with a 97.2 pass blocking efficiency.

That kind of production is critical for any left tackle, whose job is to protect his quarterback’s blind side. It’s even more important for Williams, however, considering he’s protecting Robert Griffin III — the No. 2 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft who has been a leading candidate this season for Rookie of the Year.

And Williams continues to do it week after week, regardless of how the rest of the team is playing. He received a high grade by Pro Football Focus for his performance against the Panthers. They wrote:

“Another fine day for Williams, who continues to emerge as one of the league’s best left tackles. He was perfect in pass protection against and contributed in the run game as well.”

In my mind, Williams — without a doubt — should be going to the Pro Bowl this season. Pro Football Focus agrees with that assertion, as well. On their “Pro Bowl Cheat Sheet” for the NFC, they have Williams among three offensive tackles (San Francisco’s Anthony Davis and Joe Staley the other two) tabbed to go to Hawaii.

So, while there might be more “big-name” left tackles in the game, it’s hard to argue that Trent Williams is among the best — if not the best up-and-coming player at that position in the NFL.

CHIME IN: What do you think of Trent Williams’ performance so far this season? Feel free to comment below.

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7 Responses to “PFF: Trent Williams Among Best In NFL”

  1. By psycoskin on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, the Colts are now 6/3….Just about the time I want to say the Redskin coaches suck and it’s all their fault a team like the Colts mostly shoots that theory down.
    There’s a lot of truth to the “players play and the coaches coach”. When you look at last years Colts and realize they sucked so bad last year they got first pick, the Redskins did just about the same. Trent is a good player don’t get me wrong. Didn’t he have problems last year and penalties this year that contribute to the problems here in Washington? I recall a little boy’s “time out” for dumb boy issues. All that kinda stuff adds up to a virus called “looser syndrome”. I like Trent and some of our other top players but it’s time to stop idolizing and say “step it up a notch”. It’s time for ALL the players to focus on winning football and the good players to demand better of themselves and the sloppy others. Excellence doesn’t just happen but suck ass does so start demanding better focus on how to play the game better and get this turned around to end this year stronger. What better time with these NFC games to send the message….Com’on Skins…..

  2. By steve on Nov 9, 2012 | Reply

    How can u call him among the best in the NFL. I know you are a big fan as i am but we must tell the truth here. After watching this guy now his whole career, his is nowhere near the best. He his constantly pushed back into the QB which shows he is not strong, his is constantly beaten on a pass rush. I cannot say with an honest face that he is even in the top 10. His stamina level drops as the game goes on and by the middle of the 3rd qtr he looks downright overmatched no matter who he is up against. We need to stop trying to build these guys up in the press and let them show it on the field and he has not. If he were not a first round pick i think he would have been cut a year ago.

  3. By Bobby on Nov 12, 2012 | Reply

    He goes against the number one rushers week after week and has overcome all of his marijuana, penalty woes.. He is one of the best LT’s in the game now.. Do you ever see him get called or someone get around to Griffins back? I watch every game and he is not the problem by far…

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