Defensive Tackle: Kyle Williams, Ed Oliver
Not many fifth-round picks carve out 13-year careers in the NFL, but that’s what Kyle Williams did. And he played every snap of his career with the Buffalo Bills who took the LSU defensive lineman at No. 134 overall in 2006.
It didn’t take long for him to become a starter, as he did so 11 times as a rookie while playing all 16 games. In his second year in the league, he was a full-time starter and remained so all the way through 2018.
Williams was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, with his final nod to the All-Star game coming in 2018, which was his last year in the league. His best campaign was in 2013 when he recorded 68 tackles and a career-high 10.5 sacks.
When Williams retired, the Bills lucked into another stud defensive tackle — Ed Oliver. The No. 9 overall pick out of Houston this season, Oliver is already proving to be a worthy successor.
The rookie has 39 tackles and five sacks in his first 15 games and was even named the NFL Rookie of the Week in Week 13 when he had two sacks, a pass deflection, and a forced fumble against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
As good as Oliver has been, there could be a case for Jordan Phillips to be named over him on this list. Phillips has 9.5 sacks which leads the team this season but Oliver seems to be the better overall player and his upside is through the roof.