22 year old, Brisbane raised defensive tackle and University of Alabama alum Jesse Williams will become the first indigenous Australian to play in the NFL after being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft as the 137th pick overall.
Williams, at 191cm, 147kg and nicknamed ‘Tha Monstar’ was predicted by many experts to be drafted in Thursday’s first round. It wasn’t to be and Williams heard 136 names announced before finally hearing his own.
Williams was not able to run at the NFL combine after undergoing knee surgery following the BCS Championship game in which Alabama annihilated Notre Dame 42 – 14 in January. Roll tide. Being the second procedure on his knee (he also underwent surgery in 2011), it is likely that the injury was detrimental to his draft stock. Teams are cautious, but Seattle, having already drafted defensive tackle Jordan Hill in the third round, had very little to lose by signing Williams as 137th pick. Seattle also added DT Tony McDaniel during free agency, so Williams will certainly add depth to the Seattle side. If he stays fit, he should be a great fit at the Seahawks.
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