ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Thursday signed rookie defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, who was selected by the club in the first round (28th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Williams (6-2, 313 pounds) started all 45 games played during his collegiate career at the University of North Carolina (2011-12) and Coffeyville Community College (2009-10). He was named a first-team All-America and All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection following his senior campaign in which his six sacks tied for the conference lead among defensive tackles.
After walking on at Coffeyville C.C. in 2009, Williams went on to open all 20 contests for the school and earned first-team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference recognition in 2010.
He played just one season of football at Jefferson City (Mo.) High School, helping lead his team to a No. 12 final ranking in the state and a Freelance Football League title. Williams was born on Nov. 21, 1988.