Clemson Tigers star wide receiver Mike Williams declared for the 2017 NFL draft Wednesday.
Williams posted a statement about his decision on Twitter:
Williams developed into Clemson's big-play threat along the outside as Deshaun Watson's favorite target. During his redshirt junior year, he put up a career-high 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Williams also played a pivotal role in the Tigers' College Football Playoff National Championship victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide, catching eight passes for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu offered a strong endorsement of Williams after seeing him wreak havoc on the Alabama secondary:
MikeWilliams somewhere between Julio &Aj Green !!— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) January 10, 2017
Yahoo Sports' Brad Evans and Bleacher Report's Matt Miller both tweeted that Williams should thrive at the next level:
Takeaway: Mike Williams is about to end the NFL Mike Williams curse. What a menace. Good luck trying to contain him one on one, pro DBs.— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) January 10, 2017
For all the Mike Williams questions: I expect him to be drafted in the top 8.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 10, 2017
It was a triumphant return for a player who suffered a neck injury that forced him to miss nearly all of the 2015 season:
He owes that success to the speed he couples with a 6'3" frame, which makes him a nightmare to cover.
Williams is almost certain to go in the first round, especially with teams such the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers desperate for competent pass-catchers.