'Tha Monstar' on track for draft

Australian NFL prospect Jesse Williams didn't shatter any bench press records at the NFL Combine but remains on track to be picked up in the first round of April's draft.

The Brisbane product, who was born on Thursday Island, went into the pre-draft combine in Indianapolis with high hopes of demolishing the bench press record of 51 repetitions of a 102 kilograms (225 pounds).

Williams is noted for his immense strength and had gone close to that mark in the gym at the University of Alabama. He was a key part of the Crimson Tide squad that defeated Notre Dame in the national championship game.

The 191-centimetre, 147-kilogram, 22-year-old nose tackle ended up completing 30 reps. He was among eight players to hit the 30 mark, while Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern State) and Margus Hunt (Southern Methodist University) topped out with 38.

"I've been close to that, definitely," Williams told Alabama's AL.com. "I haven't been training for it until recently. Coming off the game five weeks ago, my body's still a bit [sore]. I'm working through a lot of that. I'm going to give it as best as I can.

"Whatever happens, happens. Get ready for Pro Day and get it taken care of."

Williams had minor knee surgery after the title game and didn't compete in the other physical tests at the combine, which include the 40-yard sprint, vertical jump, and three-cone agility drills.

But 'Tha Monstar' will get a further chance to impress at Alabama's pro day on March 14, where the school's eligible athletes will work out in front of a host of NFL scouts. Williams will at the top of many of their watchlists.

Many revamped post-combine mock drafts still have Williams going late in the first round, although some commentators have him down as low as the third round, pointing to a perceived lack of mobility and athleticism.

He has already had an informal meeting with the Baltimore Ravens and other teams with a potential first-round interest in Williams.

The story 'Tha Monstar' on track for draft first appeared on Brisbane Times.

Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide