Leonard Williams poised for big season 

July, 24, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- Leonard Williams didn’t seem to have a moment to himself at Paramount Studios on Wednesday, when the first of two Pac-12 Football media mays was held. Surrounded by reporters and cameras from the moment he arrived, the USC defensive lineman looked remarkably at ease in the situation for a player entering his junior campaign.

Then again, if there is one thing that Williams has had the opportunity to grow accustomed to, it’s attention. A 2013 ESPN.com first-team All-American, he was recently named to preseason watch lists for the Bednarik, Lombardi, Nagurski, Outland and Lott Impact awards.

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Kirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsLeonard Williams made 74 stops with a team-high 13.5 tackles-for-loss last season for USC.
And if all of that wasn’t enough, he has also been pegged by numerous media outlets as a potential Top 5 pick in the 2015 NFL draft -- if he chooses to make himself available. ESPN’s Todd McShay, in fact, currently projects him as the No. 1 overall selection.