Free Agent Profile: Defensive End James Smith-Williams

02/21/2024
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James Smith-Williams 6’4″, 265 pounds, 33 3/4 Arm Length

Signature Stats: 2023, 418 snaps, 23 pressures, 1 sack, 12 tackles, 12 assists

Contract Projection: 2 years, $5M, $2.5M AAV, $2.5M GTD

Cover 1 Take: Rotational DE4 in budget range

Summary: Possesses prototype size for his position and showcases active, quick hands on the field. He demonstrates a keen ability to recognize the quarterback’s position within the pocket, subtly adjusting his line to apply pressure effectively and force offensive linemen to shorten the edges. Smith-Williams exhibits excellent edge awareness, effectively sniffing out bootlegs, screens, and edge runs. In run defense, he leads with his hands, demonstrating great pop and hand placement against blockers. These skills make him a valuable asset on the defensive front, contributing to both pass rush and run defense efforts. -Turner

Signature Skill/Trait: Edge awareness

 

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