When the Minnesota Vikings drafted Sharrif Floyd with the 23rd pick in the 2013 NFL draft, they knew Sharrif would likely take snaps away from veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams. Back in April head coach Leslie Frazier sat down with Williams and had a lengthy conversation about the future of the Minnesota Vikings. Frazier described Kevin Williams as a ‘pro’s pro’ today after Monday morning’s walkthrough.
“He understands the business of professional football.” Frazier said, “He has been great, great for the young guys throughout the OTA’s, and as we started training his leadership has been terrific. If there is anybody who can handle moments like these when you draft a guy as early as we did with Sharrif; Kevin is the guy.”
The Vikings have a lot of depth at the defensive tackle position this year with the additions of first round pick Sharrif Floyd and seventh round pick Everett Dawkins, respectively. The Vikings are also returning Letroy Guion, Fred Evans, and Christian Ballard to go along with 32-year-old Kevin Williams. Needless to say the Vikings want to get their young talent more snaps despite the fact Williams still has plenty in the tank.
“The number of snaps Kevin gets will be high quality snaps. He can still play and play very well.” Frazier said as he addressed the media, “I’m sure he is more than capable of playing 50-60 snaps but I think it will be better for our football team if we can get those snaps between 30-40 for our team and better for us overall.
Williams, who turn 33 in a couple of weeks, took a $2.5 million pay cut this offseason to remain a member of the Vikings. Rookie tackle Sharrif Floyd recently signed his rookie contract that included a $4,253,600 signing bonus.