Not Surprisingly, No Mainstream Love for Kyle Williams


Kyle Williams

Where's the love?

Earlier this month, we mentioned how the fine folks at Pro Football Focus think very highly of Bills DT Kyle Williams. VERY highly. As in “think he’s the third-best player in the entire league” highly. PFF’s Khaled Elsayed recently wrote a defense of Williams’s high ranking for any doubters.

I love PFF and the work they’re doing. We’ve talked a bit about the site before, but basically PFF’s mission is to break down every single NFL snap, player by player, and truly evaluate each NFL competitor. The results sometimes fly completely in the face of  “conventional” NFL wisdom. Definitely worth a look if you’re interested in a different way to analyze NFL action.

Anyway, in a not at all surprising story, the “mainstream” bloggers at ESPN.com don’t think nearly as highly of Williams. In fact, they don’t really think about him at all.

The eight divisional bloggers at ESPN.com recently took a poll amongst themselves to see who they consider the best defensive player in the league. They each picked a top ten. Williams did not receive a single vote. Troy Polamalu won the poll, followed by DeMarcus Ware, Darrelle Revis, Patrick Willis, Clay Matthews, James Harrison, Nnamdi Asomugha, Julius Peppers, Haloti Ngata, and Ed Reed.

I can’t really argue too much with that list: those are all great players. But it just goes to show Williams has a long way to go before gaining mainstream respect.

Interestingly, Williams wasn’t the only PFF favorite snubbed by ESPN. San Francisco’s Justin Smith (#2 on PFF’s list of top NFL players), Philadelphia’s Trent Cole (#4), and Carolina’s Charles Johnson (#6) were left out of the top ten as well. Only Smith received any votes at all.

Next Bills Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Sep 77 Sep1:00at Chicago BearsBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Kyle Williams

  • Josh Baker

    It just goes to show you that main stream media focuses entirely on (a) units and groups and not individual performances or (b) high draft picks that are expected to perform. I like to base my analysis on facts. When I broke down the DTs, I showed how Kyle Williams was the best DT in the AFC East. Now I’ll show why he is better than Ngata.

    Fact #1: Williams has had more tackles(3.7) and sacks (1 every 5 games) per game in his career (3.1 and 1 in every 7).

    Fact #2: Williams had more tackles (77) and unassisted tackles (54) last year than Ngata (63 and 47 respectively)

    Fact #3: Williams had just as many sacks as Ngata last year (5.5).

    Williams had a way better season and has had a much better career than Ngata, and Ngata make the top 8 defensive players? Why, because he was a 1st round draft pick? Because he plays with Ed Reed and Ray Lewis? Because the Ravens had a better record?

    Kyle Williams will start to get some credit for his hard work this season, when the Bills D-line explode on opponents’ offenses. Watch for Kyle Williams to repeat as a pro-bowl player this year.

  • Pingback: Post-Draft Roster Analysis – Defensive Line « BuffaLowDown | A Buffalo Bills Blog