Functional Athleticism - Short area agility and movement skills are only modest, labors in his skip pulls to work out in front on power concepts and isn't especially fluid when isolated in pass protection or on the second level. Heavy feet make it difficult for him to win across face of defenders initially.
Football IQ - Long tenured starter who showcased positional flexibility by playing both guard and center. Like his awareness of feeling opportunities to vacate space and attack when unoccupied. Doesn't show any pre-snap failures in communication or missed assignments.
Anchor Ability - Much too soft against blitzing defenders or heavy handed DL, will concede considerable space even when he lands an initial blow with a stun punch. Allows feet to be uprooted and reset but needs to find ways to play through the ground when he catches rushes.
Hand Technique - Placement is fine and he appears to have adequate timing to sync his punches as defenders enter his strike zone. Ability to turn out or torque defenders is limited and doesn't appear to illustrate high end grip strength to sustain blocks in tight quarters.
Balance - Stiffness and lack of mobility hinder his ability to stay under control. Will press to stay attached to defenders in close quarters but eventually spin off blocks due to lack of mobility and lateral quickness to run the feet. Isn't built top-heavy but lethargic range is problematic.
Pass Sets - Short sets are were he's best but generally speaking his timing appears off at center to collision rushers and be tethered to the ground. Soft inside, gives up a lot of room initially, needs to find better base of support. Like his work in help situations to assist sealing gaps.
Flexibility - He shows some tightness through the hips and lower half, struggling to hinge and open himself sufficiently to play with grace and maintain run fits. Does not do well to open his frame and play with foot cadence, more of a linear athlete.
Power at POA - When he is able to drive his feet in man to man situations, he shows ability to reset and push the point of attack. Loses some of his appeal when he's forced to work across face or manipulate defenders due to lack of ability to bring the feet behind the block and finish cleanly.
Length/Extension - Does not showcase upper body strength when he's tasked with playing at full extension, which is often since he struggles to bring the feet and mirror or persist at the POA. Anatomical wingspan clears thresholds but his ability to apply it is lacking.
Competitive Toughness - He's not really much for finishing off defenders, but he does play with some scrap. If he's caught in tight quarters, he shows persistence and effort is typically pretty strong. Functional strength and explosive power are simply lacking.
Best Trait - Frame
Worst Trait - Anchor Ability
Best Film - Kansas State (2019)
Worst Film - Iowa (2018)
Red Flags - None
Summary - Darryl Williams projects best as a utility OL at the NFL level. WIlliams has requisite size and reach for playing on the interior, but his soft anchor and poor block framing is going to be problematic in consistently winning gaps. Williams will need to develop a more potent punch and more consistent lower half mobility if he is to stay sticky and sustain blocks against NFL defenders. Consider Williams a developmental prospect who will need coaching before seeing the field.