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ILB Vince Williams - Pittsburgh Steelers

6-1, 233Born: 12-27-1989College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 6

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Summary

Williams is the latest in a long line of Steelers late round picks to eventually develop into a starter at linebacker. After being drafted in round six in 2013 he spent three seasons working mostly on special teams while seeing limited opportunity as the third inside backer. When Ryan Shazier was banged up early in 2016, Williams had an opportunity to start a few games and made the most of it. When the Steelers moved on from Lawrence Timmons last year it opened the door for Williams to become a starter. The loss of Shazier to a likely career ending injury late last season suddenly made Williams the centerpiece of the defense. Williams lacks the coverage skills of his predecessors but is an excellent run defender. To mask his coverage limitations the coaching staff often called on Williams to blitz. He did so with great success finishing second on the team with 8 sacks. This will be his first time going into the season as the leader of the defense. The organization obviously believes he can do the job since they elected not to use draft capitol on an inside linebacker despite a relatively deep class at the position. For most fantasy owners Williams was a solid LB3 in 2017. All signs point to even better production from him going forward. (May 27)

FBG Staff Rankings

ILB Redraft - 27, 16, 23, 25, 31, 47
Overall Redraft - 49, 32, 43, 52
ILB Dynasty - 42, 28, 47, 48, 50
Overall Dynasty - 74, 54

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2015 PIT 16.0 25.0 10.0 0.5 0.0 2.0 0.0 1.0 0.0
2016 PIT 16.0 34.0 9.0 2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 PIT 16.0 69.0 20.0 8 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.0
2018 PROJ-Rudnicki 16.0 76.0 * * * * * * *
2018 PROJ-Norton 16.0 78.0 * * * * * * *

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2018 Schedule

1@ Cleveland Browns
2vs Kansas City Chiefs
3@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4vs Baltimore Ravens
5vs Atlanta Falcons
6@ Cincinnati Bengals
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8vs Cleveland Browns
9@ Baltimore Ravens
10vs Carolina Panthers
11@ Jacksonville Jaguars
12@ Denver Broncos
13vs Los Angeles Chargers
14@ Oakland Raiders
15vs New England Patriots
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Cincinnati Bengals