Leonard Williams is officially a member of the Jets after being taken with the sixth pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Williams is the highest USC defensive player drafted since the Oakland Raiders drafted defensive end Darrell Russell with the second pick in the 1997 NFL Draft.
Williams has been projected to be a top five pick since the first 2015 mock drafts came out last year. His freakish athleticism and power were what scouts saw that made him the first defensive player taken in this year's draft.
From the moment he stepped on USC's campus in the summer of 2012, Williams was destined to be a star. In his freshman year, Williams 64 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, and one interception as he was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. How could Williams top his freshman year? Well, he switched over from defensive tackle to defensive end in 2013 and 73 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, and blocked a field goal. He made the First-Team All-Pac-12 Team and was a First-Team All-American. In 2014, Williams numbers dropped a little bit as he was double or triple teamed during most games and battled injuries. He still finished with 80 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, and seven sacks and was named to the First-Team All-Pac-12 Team for the second straight year and was also a First-Team All-American again.
Williams can play anywhere on the line for the Jets and should have a long NFL career filled with All-Pro selections.
USC increases their record of most first-round picks all-time by an NCAA program with 78.