The seventh and final selection out of the ACC was not a surprise at all, as the Denver Broncos picked North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. Williams was projected to go anywhere from the middle parts of round one, all the way through to the early parts of round two, so this is a pretty spot-on selection.
Williams possesses the same physical traits of so many other elite D-line prospects in this draft — size, speed and an aggressive first step — which is why there was such a variance on where “experts” thought he would be chosen. As most NFL fans know, Denver’s defense was among the league’s best last season, and adding a talent like Williams only serves to bolster that fact.
it was a big night for North Carolina (two first-rounders), Florida State (three) and the ACC as a whole. We’ll be recapping it in full between tonight and tomorrow morning. For those who’ve been tuning in, thanks for being here! And for some additional thoughts from me on the draft, head over to the comment thread at SB Nation’s Troy Nunes is An Absolute Magician where I go pick-by-pick (ACC and otherwise).
Want to read up on Williams a bit more? Check out our North Carolina draft preview from last week.
Congrats to Sylvester and his family. We’ll be updating the blog with every first round pick as they happen.