Pat Haden’s provocative comment on twitter that Leonard Williams is one of the top five USC players in the past 40 years makes for a good debate. It is really hard to compare offensive/defensive linemen to skill players.
Here are some names off the top of my head from the past 40 years: Junior Seau, Reggie Bush, Charles White, Marcus Allen, Chris Claiborne, Brad Budde, Ronnie Lott, Marqise Lee, Mike Williams, Robert Woods, Matt Kalil. Are they better or worse than Williams? Who did I leave off?
Williams has 63 tackles with three games left. It’s a different era, but nose guard George Achica had 120 tackles in 1981. A player I should include above because he was one of my favorites, linebacker Chip Banks, had 137 tackles and four interceptions in the same season.