Terrance Williams Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for Baylor WR

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Terrance Williams Scouting Report: NFL Outlook for Baylor WR
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Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys

Third Round, 74th Pick

With Robert Griffin III, Kendall Wright and Terrance Ganaway leaving Baylor for the NFL, most assumed the Bears offense would take a huge step back last season. Not many could have predicted the breakout year that wide receiver Terrance Williams was about to enjoy.

En route to unanimous first team All-American honors, he led the nation in receiving yards as a senior and shattered multiple school records.

A gifted deep threat with size and speed, is Williams destined for NFL stardom?

Or will his lack of refinement leave him buried on the depth chart?

Strengths Weaknesses
+ A vertical threat with speed to win deep - Unrefined route-runner lacking polish
+ Good ball skills, body control - Lacks elusiveness after the catch
+ Wide catch radius, makes plays outside his frame - Finesse receiver who does not use his size to his full advantage
+ Fairly sudden, quick release - Not sure he can hold up versus physical defenders

 

Tools

Matt Miller Breaks Down Terrance Williams

At 6’2”, 208 pounds, Williams is tall and athletically built with the type of size NFL teams covet at wide receiver. Considering his height, he has relatively small 8 ¾” hands and short 31 ¼” arms.

He is a long strider who accelerates quickly and has impressive top speed. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Williams posted a time of 4.52 in the 40-yard dash.

Though he appears to be a fairly fluid, explosive athlete on tape, the rest of his workout numbers from Indianapolis were slightly underwhelming. He posted very average results in the vertical jump (32.5”) and broad jump (9’11”.) He also failed to stand out in the short shuttle (4.32) and three-cone drill (7.01).

Despite being a bigger receiver, Williams lacks strength and physicality.

 

Intangibles

Williams graduated from Baylor last December with a degree in general studies. He has kept himself out of trouble and character does not look like a concern.

Having never missed a complete college game due to injury, durability is a factor working in his favor.

 

System

Baylor employs a pass-happy spread offense.

They operate in shotgun formations, typically with four or five wide receivers spread wide.

Williams lined up primarily outside but moved into the slot at times.

 

Release

Williams quickly erases cushion with long strides.
Equipped with light feet, Williams displays quickness releasing from the line of scrimmage. A fairly sudden player, he evaporates cushion utilizing good acceleration and long strides.

Defenders jam him at their own risk due to his speed, but he can be handled with physicality.

He appears to call for a lot of pass interference or holding penalties. I believe defensive backs are more physical with him because they may be under the impression that he is soft or can be thrown off his game.

 

Ball Skills

Williams attacks the ball in the air, displaying good concentration downfield and in the red zone.

Impressive body control allows him to adjust easily to poorly thrown passes. He has a wide catch radius, routinely making plays away from his body.  On deep patterns, he shows the ability to track the ball well over his shoulder.

At times, Williams can be physical, using his hands to create separation when the ball is in the air. Despite his size, however, he does not use his frame particularly well.

He is a bit of a finesse receiver.

Williams attacks the ball, pulls it down against tight coverage and stays in-bounds.

 

Routes

An unpolished route-runner, Williams is not especially crafty or crisp but shows flashes. Speed allowed him to separate in college, but he will have to refine his technique at the next level.

He was not required to run a very diverse or sophisticated route tree at Baylor.

As a result, he lacks savvy and has a tendency to round off routes. His instincts after plays break down are questionable; he does not always work to provide his quarterback with a throwing lane and looks lost at times.

Occasionally, a simple move allows Williams to win inside position or beat a defender deep, but the effort is not consistent. He shows awareness when it comes to getting his feet down in-bounds.

 

Hands

Williams appears natural catching the football, displaying strong hands to bring the ball down in traffic. Utilizing the ball skills mentioned earlier, he easily makes plays outside his frame.

Not without lapses, however; he allows too many passes into his body. At Baylor, most of his drops were focus related. Occasionally, he is guilty of planning his move after the catch before securing the catch.

 

Yards after Catch

Despite possessing the speed to take it to the house, Williams is slightly underwhelming after the catch. Though light on his feet, he does not usually attempt to be elusive with the ball in his hands, lacking the wiggle to make defenders miss.

He displays average balance, rarely breaking tackles or utilizing his size to help gain extra yardage.

Once again, the word finesse comes to mind.

He may not be very elusive, but Williams has the speed to take it the distance if given space.

 

Blocking

Williams is a decent blocker that shows the ability to mirror and steer defenders. He displays willingness to block, but aggression is very inconsistent and he could stand to improve technique.

A limited blocker downfield, he struggles to lock on in space.

 

Future Role/Scheme Versatility

A vertical weapon with the acceleration and speed to beat defenses over the top, Williams would fit best in a scheme that emphasizes the deep passing game.

Considering his unrefined route technique, he probably offers very little in terms of versatility as a rookie. He will not be the right receiver for every team, but he could excel if he lands in a favorable spot.

During his sophomore and junior seasons at Baylor, Williams was a moderately successful kick returner.

 

Draft Projection: Late Second-Early Fourth Round

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