Niners No. 3 pick: Brandon Williams

Player profile and analysis for wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Williams, selected by the 49ers on Saturday with the No. 84 overall pick in the third round of the NFL draft.

Full Name: Brandon Williams
School: Wisconsin
Position: Wide receiver
Height: 5-foot-9½
Weight: 179
Year: Fourth-year senior
40-yard dash: 4.52 seconds

Biography: Four-year starter and All-Conference performer the past two seasons is a consistent receiver with solid potential as a kick returner. Led the team in receiving as a senior with 59 receptions for 1,095 yards and six touchdowns and also averaged 14.6 yards on 26 punt returns, bringing two back for touchdowns. Totaled 47 receptions for 580 yards and two TDs as a junior. Williams finished his four-year career as a starter as Wisconsin's all-time leading receiver with 202 catches for 2,924 yards and 10 touchdowns. Williams is a tough, competitive player who started 44 of the 52 career games he played at Wisconsin.

Positives: Under-sized yet consistent receiver with abilities as a return specialist. Quick off the line, sharp running routes and gets separation from opponents. Comes back to the ball, finds the soft spot in the defense and effectively uses the sidelines. Natural pass-catcher and easily adjusts to the errant throw. Not afraid to go up in a crowd for the difficult catch. Gives effort blocking downfield. Is very quick with a burst and is a threat every time he touches the football. Has great hands and utilizes all his skills to make up for lack of size.

Negatives: Marginal top-end speed, is more quick than fast. Is not very strong and will have difficulty handling the jam at the next level. Unnecessarily lets the ball get inside him at times. Lacks great size and has a slight build and struggles with physical defensive backs. Blocking skills are below average. Upside at the next level might be limited.

Analysis: Reliable throughout his Wisconsin career, Williams is a solid middle-round pick with potential as No. 3 slot receiver and return specialist at the next level. Could develop into a solid contributor in time with the 49ers, and may immediately help their return game, particularly as a punt returner. He will be able to contribute on special teams right away. Williams lacks ideal measurables but is just a good football player. He may never become a start but can certainly serve a role with the Niners.

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