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According to NFL Draft Scout, Terrance Williams is the eighth-ranked wide receiver available out of 348 prospects.
From the 2013 Senior Bowl practice, NFL draft analyst Rob Rang reported on Williams, bringing to light some concerns regarding the Baylor receiver’s hands (h/t NFL Draft Scout):
Just as they did Monday, Georgia's Tavarres King and Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton each enjoyed strong practices. The same, however, couldn't be said for Baylor's Terrance Williams, who repeatedly dropped passes. One longtime NFL scout commented that Williams, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 52-rated prospect overall, appeared to be much more comfortable tracking passes over his shoulder than passes facing him.
This highlights one of several doubts about his game:
- Projects as purely a boundary receiver
- Catches the ball with his body, not his hands
- Displays an inability or unwillingness to run across the middle
- Not the type of receiver that is going to fight for extra yardage
Then there are reports from those like ESPN's KC Joyner, who labeled Williams one of his most undervalued prospects in the 2013 draft (h/t ESPN):
Reason undervalued: Age and 40-yard dash time
Williams was the surprise winner of a recent study I did for ESPN Insider reviewing nine of the top wide receiver prospects in the 2013 NFL draft.
He topped the group in the overall yards per attempt (YPA), vertical yards per attempt (VYPA, which measures productivity on passes thrown 11 or more yards downfield) and stretch vertical yards per attempt (SVYPA, which gauges production on aerials thrown 20 or more yards).
As Joyner's research shows, Williams is an efficient vertical threat.
And given his roots, the word around the campfire is that the Dallas Cowboys are in play for Terrance Williams. The Baylor product has been linked to the team in several hometown news outlets, including the Dallas Morning News, Forth Worth Star-Telegram and NBC Dallas.
The Cowboys were one of seven teams Williams made a pre-draft visit with.
And as mentioned in the prior slide, Dallas had representatives at his pro day, which included their receivers coaches. With Williams having grown up as a Cowboys fan, the interest appears to be mutual at this point.
And while both parties may favor the fit, there are 31 other teams in the league and anything can happen on draft day. Remember, the Cowboys are not the only team representing the state of Texas.
Pro comparison, via NFL.com: Torrey Smith (WR, Baltimore Ravens)