If Bill Belichick keeps his own personal scoresheet when evaluating prospects, you can bet nose tackle Jesse Williams earned quite a few checks in the plus column.

Rugby background? Check.

Williams hails from Australia, and played quite a bit of rugby before switching to football. Belichick wasn’t shy about drafting a rugby star last year, when he snagged Nate Ebner. So, that crossover must strike a chord with the Patriots coach.

Brute strength? Check.

Watching some highlight tape, it’s easy to notice how strong the Alabama defensive lineman is in the trenches. So strong, he consistently moves double-teams almost at will. Seeing as the 6-foot-3, 320-pound weight-room warrior has a 600-pound bench press on the books, maybe that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Played for Nick Saban? Check.

Williams is a Saban disciple, learning the game from Belichick’s friend since enrolling at Alabama in 2011. The Hooded One certainly has dipped into the Saban pool before for defenders (Dont’a Hightower, Brandon Deaderick). Why stop now?

Favorable comparisons to Vince Wilfork? Check.

Williams played nose tackle last season. The previous season, he played left defensive end in Saban’s 3-4 scheme, and would project as an interior defensive lineman in a 4-3. He’d be an ideal pickup for the Pats to provide depth.