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AFC East top 25, No. 15: Bills DT Kyle Williams

Posted by Erik Frenz  May 18, 2013 08:00 AM

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Counting down the top 25 players in the AFC East, one player at a time, one day at a time.

Why Kyle Williams?

The Bills have bounced between 3-4 and 4-3 fronts over the years, but Kyle Williams has found a way to remain successful, and a vital component of the Bills front seven.

His versatility has been part of what's allowed them to change their minds so much. He has lined up mostly at the 0-, 1- and 3-techniques, but has been spotted at 5-technique as well. He is a rare player with the strength to plug lanes in a two-gap scheme and the agility to split them in a one-gap scheme.

His nine tackles for loss (according to Advanced NFL Stats) tied for fifth in the NFL among defensive tackles. He also logged 45 total pressures (29 hurries 11 hits, five sacks) according to Pro Football Focus. He ranked third among defensive tackles in PFF's pass-rushing productivity metric in 2012, behind two former All-Pros in the Bengals' Geno Atkins and the Lions' Ndamukong Suh.

Williams will have an opportunity to put it all on display -- his versatility and his pass-rushing prowess -- in Mike Pettine's new hybrid defense, where he could be used for all of the above.

Did you know?

Kyle Williams has 18.5 career sacks, the most for any defensive tackle drafted in the fifth round or later since 2006, and twice as many as second on the list.

Check back every morning as we reveal one player a day on our way to No. 1 in the top 25.

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Erik Frenz delivers analysis of the biggest news with the Patriots, including insight into the AFC East and New England's biggest rivals from a Patriots perspective. Erik is an interactive writer who engages his audience in his posts’ comments sections and on Twitter. Readers are encouraged to share their thoughts and ask questions. More »


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