WR Alabama 6-1 179 JR #1
GRADE: 83 OVR RANK: TBC POS RANK: TBC
ARM LENGTH: 32 1/8″ // HAND SIZE: 9 1/2″
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Projection: Complementary WR early in his career used as a deep threat and a weapon by getting ball in his hands using speed. Could develop into a starting Z with more seasoning. Draft Projection: Mid-late Round 1 ~ Will Brinson, CBS Sports.
Ravens Fit: Williams is a luxury the Ravens probably can’t afford – I don’t know that he gives them anything this receiving corps doesn’t already have and where you would need to take him, there would surely be better options for other holes. There is a point at which he becomes too valuable to pass up, and the YAC threat he gives is something they don’t have in spades currently. But he requires work on his receiving skills so would struggle to work underneath early, and is coming off a major injury. Would not unseat Brown or Bateman.
Overall Fit 3/5
Transferred from Ohio State to Alabama for his Junior year, played with best QB in the nation in Bryce Young. Played mostly outside at Z as well as the slot.
Before the Catch
When releasing against off coverage he stems straight at the defender and closes the cushion quickly. When facing squat or soft press, and executing a space release, he utilizes a power skip to great effectiveness because of his acceleration out of this, when he can get the DB flat-footed he can deploy his speed. When coming off this power skip, he has a solid single move as well as deploying his straight-line speed immediately. When facing press he can execute a speed release and single move but CBs with good lateral agility and hip mobility can mirror him in short areas and be set up well to stay in phase at the break-point. When he’s running a deep route against this he doesn’t get his hips vertical quickly enough. Against a jam, he doesn’t have a clear plan and doesn’t clear his hands effectively against most competition. His best release comes against soft press or off and against outside leverage when he can use his speed to get off the line and into the route quickly. His stem is inconsistent and too often tips the route to the DB.
At the break-point he works double moves well, keeps his hips coiled as he looks at the floor and then uses his acceleration and long speed to separate. At the break-point on more hard angle routes he generally takes too many steps to make the transition. His bam-step has too much rise to it. His two-step cut is not made efficiently and gives too much away to the defender. Most Outs, Digs, Curls and Comebacks have no salesmanship to them and are easy for more savvy DBs to stay in phase. On speed cuts he maintains his speed but he takes too long to get to 90 degrees. He has great long speed and is dangerous on Corners, Posts and Fades, this is where you see him get most separation using his long speed mainly.
The Catch and after the Catch
He has good hands, he can extend away from his frame to secure the football and catch outside of the strike zone – he plucks the ball and there are relatively few drops on short and intermediate routes. On deeper routes, he struggles to adjust to balls thrown wide of his track, over his inside shoulder, that is balls where the QB leads him to the inside on a Fade or ball thrown further to the inside on a Post. When he doesn’t need to adjust like this and the deep ball is more accurate, he can track and catch the ball well over his shoulder. His electrifying speed is at its most potent in the open field with the ball in his hands. He can make even quicker defenders look very silly with the angles they take to tackle him in the open field, he has some elusiveness and toughness to him but speed is his main weapon for YAC.
Speed demon who will be dangerous on deep routes or with the ball in his hands for YAC. Needs work on separating more consistently at the top of routes and getting off a jam
JR: 118 Tgts, 78 Recs, 1561 Rec Yards (20.0 Ave), 15 Rec TDs
INJURY: Tore ACL (last game)