Skills/Attributes: A big and fast deep threat who still needs refinement to become a complete WR. Not a natural hands-catcher, routinely make body catches. Extends well vertically and flashes strong hands in these situations. More of a build-up speed guy rather than a short area quickness guy, but his top speed is excellent. Routinely stretches the Defense and gets behind the secondary just by outrunning them. Not a route-running technician and did not run a great variety of routes; lived mainly on Streak and Comeback routes. Rarely faced Press Man but handled it well when he saw it. Lacks proper ball security, had multiple occasions where he either fumbled or lost the ball right after being down by contact. Flashes good burst in a straight line, but change of direction is not his strong suit. Takes a long time to turn upfield on Comeback and Curl routes. Flashed some good YAC ability and a little shiftiness. Does a nice job of coming back to the football and using his body to shield the defender from being able to make a play on the ball. Gave up on a couple YAC plays where he just chose to fall down. Doesn’t fight or use body control to get past the sticks unless it’s 3rd Down. Willing blocker who consistently won; does a nice job of sustaining his blocks until the whistle.
Summary: Williams is an intriguing prospect because he has two special attributes (size and speed) that were consistently evident on film to go along with many other positive things that flashed but were more inconsistent. The volume of big plays throughout Williams’ tape is remarkable, and the stats bear this out as well: He had a 40+ yard catch in 11 of his 13 games in 2012, and in the other two games, he had longs of 36 and 27 yards. Despite CBs routinely playing with large cushions against him, he still found a way to burn them at least once per game. Williams still has work to do as a route-runner, and his body catching habit will get him in trouble in the NFL if it continues. He also needs to give more consistent effort during YAC and must secure the football better. However, as many have said since the dawn of football, “you can’t teach size or speed.” Williams has both, and if he can refine the technical aspects of his game, he could develop into an excellent well-rounded weapon.
Games Watched: West Virginia, Texas, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Kansas State
Projects to: Outside WR
Grade: 8.0 (Early 3rd)