Position: Wide Receiver
Williams is a fifth-year senior at Baylor who played for W.T. White High School in Dallas. He was a Biletnikoff Award Finalist this season and was named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press.
Williams has good but not great hands. He has a bad habit of letting the ball get into his body instead of reaching out and securing it with just his hands. It's not overly prevalent, but it occurs enough that it's worth noting.
Being a "body catcher" could result from a lack of confidence, or just a bad habit of poor technique. Either way, it's something he'll have to eliminate in the NFL.
But on deep routes and over-the-shoulder catches, Williams is excellent. He shows phenomenal body control and tracks the ball all the way in to his hands. He is also very good around the sideline, where he shows great awareness and control, keeping himself positioned to get his hands on the ball while keeping himself in bounds.
Williams is fast, but doesn't have exceptional breakaway speed. He is more of a fluid runner than a sudden athlete and can't consistently rely on outright quickness to make big plays.
Something I noted over the four games I scouted Williams (West Virginia, Texas, Iowa State, Texas Tech) is that he is deceptively strong. He can out muscle defenders going for the ball, run through arm tackles and be an effective blocker when he wants to.
While he doesn't have elite size, strength or speed, he is still well above-average in all those categories and has very good footwork and body control.
Williams is not the cleanest route runner, but he has a way of getting open that cannot be overlooked. Against zone coverage, or if the defense is in man coverage but backing off of him, Williams finds the seams and gets himself in position to make a play.
He works well downfield or over the middle, where he often attacks the space between the linebackers and safeties. He also comes back to the ball very well, often giving his quarterback an option when the play breaks down.
He isn't necessarily a poor route runner, he just doesn't seem to be all that experienced or motivated in running the whole route tree with good breaks and cuts. He just needs coaching and practice, because the athleticism is there.
Williams' only real injury that has been reported was an ankle sprain at the beginning of the 2011 season. While there aren't any specific red flags in terms of character, it looks like there could be some room for maturation.
He isn't overly consistent and had multiple bad drops against Iowa State, where he looked frustrated. He also sometimes gets lazy when the play isn't designed for him. If someone else is the first option on a pass play, or there's a run play going to the other side, he will go substantially slower than when the ball is coming his way. He's actually a good blocker when he wants to be, but it looks like he just doesn't give it 100 percent all of the time.
This receiver class is pretty crowded, and there are a bunch of guys who are almost interchangeable in terms of value. With that being said, Williams has the talent and production that most others don't, and I think he'll be one of the first three or four receivers taken, probably at the end of the first or beginning of the second round.
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