Among the Raiders free agent haul last offseason was former Cardinals defensive tackle Dan Williams. He wasn't as celebrated as top free agent addition, Rodney Hudson or even perhaps former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith. But Williams had just as big of an impact.
According to Pro Football Focus, the big defensive tackle was among the best run stoppers in the league.
Best run-stop percentage among DT/NTs last season:— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 19, 2016
1. Damon Harrison, NYJ
2. Bennie Logan, PHI
3. Dan Williams, OAK
4. Malcom Brown, NE
What's more impressive about Williams' performance is he did it without a lot of help. The team didn't have a natural 3-tech defensive tackle, which meant Williams -- a nose tackle by trade -- was pulling those duties as well. Early in the season, he had Justin Tuck next to him at the defensive end spot until Tuck was lost to a shoulder injury just five games in.
Tuck was replaced by rookie Mario Edwards Jr who would come on strong in the second half of the season, looking like an upgrade at the position, before his season also came to an end in week 14.
One thing Williams has always proven is his ability to clog the middle of the defensive line. The Raiders went to get him some help by selecting Jihad Ward in the second round to put in that 3-tech DT spot. Mario Edwards Jr is cleared to play from his neck injury too.
Ward's addition along with Edwards's return is to provide pass rush from the interior defensive line, which should allow Williams to focus on what he does best -- stop the run.