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Tennessee DT Dan Williams talks about Haynesworth, visit with Redskins

Doug Farrar is a senior writer for FootballOutsiders.com and frequently contributes to The League here at the Post. He spoke with Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams on Tuesday and filed this report for us.

Could the Redskins be replacing one Tennessee defensive tackle with another? It's possible that with the new front office looking to unload Albert Haynesworth before the draft, another Tennessee alum could be making the trip to the nation's capital. In fact, Dan Williams already has visited Redskins Park. When I interviewed him Tuesday for an upcoming pre-draft feature, Williams told me that he spent two days with the Redskins last week - specifically, Wednesday and Thursday, March 31 and April 1. He spent a lot of time talking to the coaches about his specific scheme fit as a two-gap tackle in a 3-4 front, and called meeting Mike Shanahan a "once-in-a-lifetime experience".

At 6-foot-2 and 327 pounds, Williams hovers just below the Big Two - Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy - on most draft boards, but he's the highest-ranked defensive tackle that teams are projecting as a two-gap nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. Most draft experts have him going on or around the 11th or 12th pick; that's where Denver and Miami, two 3-4 teams trying to fill that two-gap tackle spot with veterans, could use a long-term solution.

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So, the Redskins would have to do some moving to get Williams, especially if they also want to bag Chris Samuels' replacement in this draft. While Williams played mostly inside alongside another tackle in Monte Kiffin's 4-3 defense in 2009, he does have experience in certain packages as the sole nose tackle. He also told me that some teams are eyeing him for use as a five-technique (3-4 end) defender.

Watching the film tells you that Williams has outstanding strength at the point of attack - he can take on double teams without collapsing and he plays with a wide base. He can also explode off the snap and get into the backfield, and possesses the one trait all two-gappers must have if they are to pursue with consistency - he's very good at sliding off an initial block and slamming through to the ball. This isn't just a random big guy. Williams can make a real impact inside. And with more NFL teams moving to the 3-4 defense, guys like Williams, who can make that transition seamlessly, find themselves more valuable than ever.

Williams and Haynesworth actually know each other -- Williams told me that he worked out with Haynesworth in 2009 and got some NFL tips from the veteran. "I got the chance to talk to him last summer ... I haven't had the chance to talk to him during this [pre-draft] process, but he told [me about] how the game is a lot faster. He told me a few things to improve my game, with extension and shedding blocks. He showed me a couple of pass-rushing moves."

Playing on the same front line with Haynesworth would obviously be a dream come true for Williams, but the way things are looking lately, the soon-to-be rookie might have to shoulder the load on his own.

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By Doug Farrar  |  April 7, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  3-4 defense , Albert Haynesworth , Mike Shanahan , NFL Draft  | Tags: Albert Haynesworth, Dan Williams, Defensive tackle, Gerald McCoy, Mike Shanahan, NFL, Tennessee, Washington Redskins  
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I just looked at the blogs on philly.com.
Those people are brutal! People say WE are mistreating Campbell? He had them in the playoffs in 8 of his 11 yrs with 5 championship game appearances??
How many of you would love to have experienced that instead of the sh!t we have been subjected to??

Posted by: westjr88 | April 7, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

But you've gotta wonder...if AH is the real deal like you say, then why did the Eagles want no part of him in the DMac trade...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 7, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse
$21,000,000! He was offered about a month ago, before that payment was made.

Posted by: frediefritz | April 7, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

which post is the correct one?

like on lost there are two realities... which one is right>>>

Posted by: Zeebs | April 7, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Zeebs | April 7, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

But you've gotta wonder...if AH is the real deal like you say, then why did the Eagles want no part of him in the DMac trade...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 7, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

$21,000,000! He was offered about a month ago, before that payment was made.

Posted by: frediefritz | April 7, 2010 9:45 AM


In an uncapped year? The Skins have already paid that money anyway, so it's beyond that.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 7, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

ok, this is reality....

Posted by: Zeebs | April 7, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Did you see his 40 time at his Pro Day? That might not be a bad move...

All kidding aside, you're in the tank for AH and I can't get him outta town fast enough. So we'll agree to disagree. I guess this offseason and the 2010 season (if he's still here) will sort this whole thing out one way or another.

But you've gotta wonder...if AH is the real deal like you say, then why did the Eagles want no part of him in the DMac trade...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 7, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse


We seem to always agree to disagree, and that's fine.

But let me say this: I got in the tank for AH 2 days ago.

Before then I would have been all for trading him for picks, because it seemed like we were heading toward a draft-oriented youth movement. After getting McNabb we need to win-now, and so I believe we need to keep AH for the greater good of team success.

And BTW, I think the Iggles didn't want AH for the same reason that they wanted to move out McNabb - they are going younger and cheaper and they want picks.

Posted by: p1funk | April 7, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

ESPN:
Despite multiple reports that the Washington Redskins are determined to trade defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, a high-ranking Redskins source insisted the team is not.

Hmmmm....

Posted by: hbu_dog | April 7, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Question:

The Ravens are interested in a TE in the first rd and have their sights set Gresham and Dickerson.

Would you give up Cooley or Davis for Gaither?

We may have to throw in a conditional pick next year but that would give both teams flexibility with their 1st pick.

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 7, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Should Dan Snyder assign a lawyer or two to look into what ot might take to argue a potential breach of contract situation with Fat Albert? I presume he is under contract to report and stay in some sort of physical condition. What would happen it the coach listed him as physically unable to perform in the upcoming spring workouts.

Posted by: Vic1 | April 7, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I think it's a big mistake to trade Albert. B/c of his double-teams, he's the only reason we had any sacks last year. If you've already paid him, let him play. Who cares if he's missing VOLUNTARY workouts. I like the guy, he's wreaks havoc on the opposing oline. I'd hate to play the team he's traded to. he's going to rip our oline apart!

Posted by: harbirsingh | April 7, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

@ edvar

3-4 yrs. from now what are we going to do about QB?

If you can trade down with our 4th to 8th and select an O lineman, then trade AH for Tennessee's 16th and take Tebow. Get a 4th for JC and maybe a 2nd for CC, you've got your o-line there. So w/ two 4th's go lb and safety.

We still have a 5th and 7th. Shanahan can do wonders with a 5th round RB. You still have the guys that get signed after the draft is done. We also have a LB on the squad who London Fletcher regarded as a young him (Darrel Young).

Maybe you swap with Denver instead and get Marshall.

Posted by: Copious1 | April 7, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

"I think the Iggles didn't want AH for the same reason that they wanted to move out McNabb - they are going younger and cheaper and they want picks."

I saw some statistic where the average age of the starters on their offense is now 24.

That's crazy young.

Hopefully, they have a slow season start we are able to take advantage of.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 7, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Criminey the IT dept is fing lame

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | April 7, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth's name has not come up in any trade discussions since March 31, when Washington and Philadelphia discussed a potential deal for quarterback Donovan McNabb, according to the source.

Hmmm.....

Posted by: hbu_dog | April 7, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Colt McCoy Beeps

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 7, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

@ edvar

3-4 yrs. from now what are we going to do about QB?

Posted by: Copious1 | April 7, 2010 10:35 AM
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like we did in 2010, you trade your
2015 ?? round pick for a proven NFL vet and not crap shoot a high pick on a Div I QB, with great college stats, but you waste 5 years waiting for him to fully adjust to NFL game speed (sound familiar?).

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | April 7, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Don't let AH check make you fans delusional. I understand Shanny didnt like the man's response but if Im an owner I will get my moneys worth or have play NT on 1st down move to DE on 2nd and 3rd..They can make it work

Posted by: hammer4 | April 7, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

@SkinsneedaGM

But you take a Tebow or a Bradford and let them learn from a McNabb and the two Shanahans for 3-4 years, then you have a QB for the next 10, just like Green Bay, Philly (we'll see about that).

Posted by: Copious1 | April 7, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The reason the Eagles didn't want Haynesworth is the same reason the3y got rid of McNabb and numerous players that could still play over the years: to save money! They are a notoriously cheap franchise.

Posted by: Jason10 | April 7, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Lets not get hysterical, people. Unless we can get a first round pick (which we can't) Albert needs to play for us. He's still an awesome player and he'll do fine in whatever alignment Haslett figures out for the new defense. Egos will be soothed and commen sense will prevail. Plus he'll have fun playing for a winner again.

What we DON'T need is another whole to fill. Right now we need a OLT. All the other positions are at least "fine for now." We don't NEED Eric Berry or Gerald McCoy or anybody else. But If we give up on Albert, suddenly we'll have another real need.

.

Posted by: bigfoot1 | April 7, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Schefter: Skins not shopping Haynesworth

Posted by: unknownsouljah | April 7, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Trade Haynesworth to Detroit for their #1 straight up (throw in Andre carter if they need more leverage) take Okung at #2 and Dan Williams at #4 noone would see it coming LOL they'd think Buluga, or Clausen LOL

Posted by: Veretax | April 7, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Bring Back Cornelius Griffith!!!

Posted by: dimenjim1 | April 7, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

the sh-- you and many have been going thru for years is because of are you ready?...SNYDER AND CERRATO it has nothing to do with campbell,zorn,schotteheimer,george, smith, sanders,haynesworth,archuleta,etc. The 2 above MORONS are/were the REAL PROBLEM. campbell has been jerked around.

Posted by: wathu19 | April 7, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I am totally opposed to trading Haynesworth. He is an elite defensive tackle regardless of how people try to portray him. His impact on Carter and Orakpo last year was fairly noticeable (at least to opposing QB's). If they trade Haynesworth they'd need to get AT LEAST Franchise value back (2 1st rounders). And personally I think Haynesworth is worth keeping and will flourish this year. If you want to read about my thoughts on it and show your support for Albert check out my post on the topic http://fanspeak.com/steveospeak/2010/04/07/redskins-send-mix-signals-with-the-haynesworth-trade-talk/

Posted by: Steveo11 | April 7, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Jason: I really enjoy your daily insider columns. Indeed, I look forward to them and find them far more interesting and informative than the legions of other commentators/reporters

Posted by: LightSnowOvernight | April 7, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Jason: I really enjoy your daily insider columns. Indeed, I look forward to them and find them far more interesting and informative than the legions of other commentators/reporters

Posted by: LightSnowOvernight | April 7, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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