Scouting Report, Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star WR Preston Williams

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJune 10, 2014

Scouting Report, Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star WR Preston Williams

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    Preston Williams is among the most interesting prospects in the 2015 class. His size, speed and strength are all traits of a dominant receiver on the college level.

    Although he is committed to Tennessee, schools from all over the nation are still trying to recruit Williams. However, he has the skills to come in right away and help the passing game on Rocky Top.

    Williams' high ceiling warrants a more in-depth look.

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' composite rankings. Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

Who Is Preston Williams?

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    Williams is a top-tier receiver prospect from Georgia who is from the Hampton section. He attends Lovejoy High School, where he had 59 receptions for 1,388 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior in 2013, per 247Sports.

    Williams has been invited to The Opening this summer, plus he'll probably have his pick of All-Star games to play in after the conclusion of his senior season.

    The Peach State native is No. 12 in the Scout 300, No. 24 in 247Sports' composite rankings and No. 63 in the Rivals 100.

Preston Williams' Scouting Report: Strengths

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    The first thing that draws people to Williams is his size, as he is 6'5" and 200 pounds. His length is impressive, plus it seems like he is capable of adding more bulk to his frame.

    On the perimeter, Williams routinely exhibits solid release quickness to get into his routes. He doesn't mind being pressed and jammed at the line since he has the strength to fight through cornerbacks attempting to disrupt his release.

    Williams has enough lateral quickness and agility to wiggle around jams, and he shows good speed when getting downfield in his routes to stack himself on top of cornerbacks. He has light feet to cut at junctions, but his size and hands are his top assets.

    The 5-star prospect knows how to shield defenders from the ball, and he has the length to pluck passes away from his frame. Williams also shows ideal adjust ability to balls, which proves he has a large catch radius. After the catch, Williams does have the ability to make plays as a runner.

    His leaping ability, size, ball skills and ability to high-point balls should also make him a great weapon in the red zone.


Preston Williams' Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    As with most tall receivers, Williams can struggle sinking his hips when cutting at junctions as a route-runner. He'll need to continue improving this in college, as it will aid his separation skills.

    He will also have to continue working on his ability to read coverages and adjust his routes on the move. Schemes are more complex in college, so this will be a key area in Williams' development.

    Finally, Williams is too strong of a receiver not to become a great blocker. Polishing his technique and being more willing to block are things he must improve upon in this area of his game. 

Junior Season Highlights of Preston Williams

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    This is a highlight reel of Williams during the 2013 season. It shows him making several outstanding plays, as his ball skills and speed are on full display.

    Anyone who thinks Williams is nothing more than a possession receiver needs to watch this.

More Highlights of Preston Williams

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    Here is another reel of highlights for Williams. Although it only features a few plays, it also shows the big receiver has a good amount of agility in his athleticism.

    Among the top plays on this clip is a punt return for a touchdown by Williams.


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    It wouldn't be surprising to see Williams flirt with a couple of schools, as 247Sports shows South Carolina, Alabama and Auburn as programs trying to sign the Georgia native.

    However, in the end, he will stick to his commitment to Tennessee. Williams will be ready to make an impact as a true freshman, and he'll eventually become a go-to receiver for the Volunteers as his career moves on.

    An All-SEC team or two is in his future.

    Williams told the following to Austin Price of (subscription required) in December of 2013 about Tennessee head coach Butch Jones:

    "I could call him and he would do anything to help me. He's a good coach and I love him. He is there for his players and I think that is the best thing about him."


    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.