Alabama is a football factory—in case you have been living under a rock on Mars for the past half decade—and the tight end position is no exception.
Two years after producing D.J. Williams, a Mackey Award winner who has done little to date in the NFL thus far, Michael Williams makes his way to the NFL. Check out these five things you should know about him.
Full Name: Michael Williams
Birthday: September 8, 1990
Hometown: Reform, Alabama
Williams came to Alabama as a defensive end out of high school. He moved to tight end right away with the Crimson Tide, however, despite the presence of D.J. Williams on the roster.
Michael Williams was playing behind D.J. Williams for the first two years of his college career. His numbers did jump when he finally got more playing time in 2011, but they are unspectacular as a whole.
Weight: 278 lbs.
Pro Day Results
40-yard dash: 5.4 seconds
Broad jump: 97.0 inches
Vertical jump: 35.5 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.88 seconds
Three-cone drill: 8.10 seconds
Michael Williams didn't participate at the combine, and it's a good thing he didn't. Had he put up those horrific pro day numbers, he might have earned some real scorn.
A lackluster pro day only highlighted Michael Williams' weaknesses and strengths. He is not going to the NFL to be a big pass-catching threat. In fact, he is almost the antithesis to his predecessor, D.J. Williams.
Michael will make his money as a blocker at the next level. Whatever extra he can contribute in the passing game will be gravy (via NFL.com):
Williams looks like a lean offensive tackle, and often blocks like one; he might have the speed of a lineman, as well, but his solid receiving hands and red zone presence will virtually guarentee that he sticks in the NFL for a very long time as a team's second tight end.
There is relatively little said about Michael Williams, being one of the least talked about prospects at his position. There is also more than one Michael Williams to look for. Here is what Twitter had to say about Alabama's iteration:
— Jayson Braddock (@JaysonBraddock) April 21, 2013
Top 10 TEs 1) Tyler Eifert 2) Travis Kelce 3) Dion Sims 4) Zach Ertz 5) Jordan Reed 6) Michael Williams 7) Vance McDonald 8) Gavin Escobar
TE Michael Williams weighed in at 276lbs and only did position drills. He has visited 3 teams and should also be a late-round pick.— Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) April 11, 2013
Bama TE Michael Williams (89) has been outstanding in the run game. 2 big runs behind his seal blocks on perimeter.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 8, 2013