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49ers roster breakdowns, 90-in-90: OL Darrell Williams

Breaking down the 90 players on the 49ers offseason roster in 90 posts (over 90 or so days). We move on to offensive lineman Darrell Williams.

Each year, we run a series of post called "90-in-90" here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we'll take a look at every single player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few different ways. This is to help give everyone a basic understanding of a roster. Of course, this roster will change, and some days we'll have more than one so it's not strictly one per day but you get the idea.

The dog days of the NFL summer have arrived, and with five weeks remaining until training camp, we’ll be pulling from any and all sources we can to find content. The 90-in-90 series is fortunately one option that will keep us busy. There are plenty of notable names to discuss, but every so often we’ll hit on a name that has fans thinking, “Who?”

Following the 2017 NFL draft, the 49ers signed their rookie free agent class. In those moves and subsequent adds and drops, the 49ers added four offensive lineman. Western Kentucky right tackle Darrell Williams is one of them.

Williams played right tackle this past season, but played extensively at right guard as a junior. The 6’5, 315 pound prospect started all 14 games as a senior, as part of an offensive line that had the seventh-best sack percentage nationally, and second best among teams with 500 or more passing attempts. The Hilltoppers broke the school total offense record for the third consecutive season.

Scouting reports

Appeared in 46 games during his five years (2012-16) at Western Kentucky. Started in 38 consecutive games over his final three seasons along the offensive line for the Hilltoppers. As a senior in 2016, was part of an offensive line that paved the way for a seventh-consecutive 1,000-yd. rusher. In 2015, started all 14 games at right tackle, anchoring the right side of an offensive line that finished the year ranked 19th nationally in sacks allowed, with just 16 sacks on 554 pass atts., the 7th-best percentage nationally and second among teams with 500-or-more atts. During the 2014 season, he started 10 straight games at right guard, helping pave the way for 2,018 all-purpose yds. from RB Leon Allen. Saw action in 7 games in 2013, starting the final three at right tackle. Redshirted in 2012. Attended West Laurens (Dexter, GA) HS, where he finished his career starting 31-consecutive games at offensive tackle. He lettered all four years in football and basketball. Born 3/24/93 in Dublin, GA.

Basic info

Age: 24
Experience: Rookie
Height: 6’5
Weight: 315 lbs

Cap status

Signed a three-year deal for league minimum base salaries, and $10,000 guaranteed. He received a $5,000 signing bonus, and $5,000 of his 2017 salary guaranteed.

What to expect in 2017

If Williams somehow surprised most of us and made the roster, he’d likely be one of the seven regular inactives. However, more than likely if he is part of the 49ers organization, it will be on the practice squad.

Odds of making the roster

Somewhere between slim and none. He likely has some kind of slim chance, but in reality, he’s competing for a practice squad spot. A strong preseason could get him claimed off waivers, but when final roster cuts happen, he’ll be among the players released. The 49ers did not make any significant attempts to get younger on the offensive line, so there will be some room on the practice squad for offensive line development.