On Tuesday, NFL.com released their annual All-Under-25 Team, highlighting the top players in the league under 25 years of age. Listed among the elite was Washington Redskins franchise left tackle, Trent Williams.
"After getting challenged by (head coach) Mike Shanahan last offseason, Williams really came on in his third NFL campaign. He still has mental lapses but holds his own against tough NFC East pass rushers," writes NFL.com's Elliot Harrison.
The left tackle was the only under-25 member of the Washington Redskins listed on the team, joining LeSean McCoy from the Philadelphia Eagles, Tyron Smith and Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys and Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants from the NFC East.
Williams was drafted fourth overall by the Redskins back in 2010 and was immediately placed in the starting lineup. He has slowly worked himself in to a team leader, being named an offensive co-captain with Santana Moss before the 2011 season, but would be suspended in Week 14 after testing positive for a banned substance. After coming back from the four game absence, Williams vowed to take better care of himself and watch what substances entered his body.
He battled through several nagging injuries to string together his best season in 2012. Despite bone bruises in his left foot during the preseason and his right knee, he won respect from teammates and maintained his captain status. Williams was nominated for the Pro Bowl but eventually had to bow out after a fight at a local night club rendered him unable to participate. While the NFL has acquitted Trent of any wrongdoing in the altercation, if he wants to remain as a team leader, he's going to have to keep his nose clean from these types of negative incidents.
The Redskins have a rich history of great offensive linemen, and if they want to continue their success from last season, they'll certainly need Trent Williams to continue his development as one of the best tackles in all of football.
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