Mykel Williams touted as the next big thing for Georgian football


Every conversation surrounding Georgia’s 2022 signing class should start with rusher Mykel Williams. The 6-5, 265 pounds. the defensive linemen have traits reminiscent of a former Bulldog and recent No. 1 overall pick, point carrier Travon Walker.

Williams received national attention early in her high school career for her intangibles. Physical projection dominates the scouting industry and when you combine that projection with performance on the field like Williams did, every blue blood program will fight to land you.

He flirted with several programs and even had a brief banter with USC. Williams pledged his services to the Trojans the summer before his senior season, but reopened his recruitment four months later.

Eventually, Georgia conquered it. The Bulldogs didn’t need to offer an elaborate explanation to elite defensive line rookies this past cycle; their historical front of seven facilitated recruitment.

Georgia had three defensive linemen selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft and has another first-round talent on the roster in defensive tackle Jalen Carter. Defensive line coach Tray Scott is developing a reputation as one of the best coaches in college football, which is getting top defensive line prospects seriously considering Georgia.

Williams could be the Bulldogs’ next big defenseman. Georgia has struggled for many years with the negative stigma surrounding its development of the first seven players, but it has begun to change that perception this season. After all, Travon Walker was the first defensive lineman drafted in Georgia since 2013, when John Jenkins was selected in the third round by the New Orleans Saints. This stigma is silenced, to say the least.

While true freshmen usually don’t make an impact early in their careers, the stars lined up for Mykel.

It takes several things to step onto the court as a true SEC freshman and make an impact, like Alabama’s Dallas Turner did a year ago. A freshman with 8.5 sacks, playing the majority of snaps in a national title game. Sure, injuries played a part, but Turner – and Williams – have both the physical traits required to play as a freshman and the skill development.

He has been attracting attention since his first training with the team in January. His ability to develop a pass-rush plan before the snapshot is something most players aren’t able to do until the latter years of college.

Williams is also a willing defender on the run, using his body and level of pad to thwart linemen at the point of attack. He excels at the tech 5 spot, but can also play a tech 7 and even played an inside defensive line in high school.

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During an interview with Dawgs Daily’s Brooks Austin on National signing day, Williams revealed that Georgia hopes to play JACK early in her career. Travon Walker was the most recent Bulldog to fill the role, and before him was current New York Giants rusher Azeez Ojulari.

Although Williams has spent this spring working defensively, taking reps with the second unit behind Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins and Tramel Walthour.

Mykel would fill massive shoes, but his personal assessment suggests the young lineman is ready. Head coach Kirby Smart tried to temper expectations of the young defender, saying he had “a long way to go” and didn’t know the difference between a five-man or a seven-man when he arrived on campus. .

Surely there’s a learning curve, and Smart surely wants to shield his young player from expectations, even saying he doesn’t like the comparison to Travon Walker. Although that won’t stop expectations from continuing to rise for Williams, especially if the game continues to match the projection.

Just like he did for Travon Walker.

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