The Complete Package

This year's wide receiver class is arguably the best of all-time with as many as eight projected to go in round one. Washington WR Reggie Williams believes he belongs among the head of the class and would bring versatility to Chicago.

"I just believe I'm the best receiver out there. I feel I bring the most to the table," Williams said. "I'm big, strong, fast, I can break tackles, I can take the ball any way when you want me to take it, I can block, I can play slot, X, Z, running back. Whatever you want me to play, I can play.

Offensive coordinator Terry Shea has asked for another weapon, but will GM Jerry Angelo be accommodating.

"If we had to bring in one new receiver to the mix here, that's an ingredient that I would love to see come in," said Terry Shea. "We will be able to throw the ball up the seams. Can we run by people? I'm not sure yet. I haven't been with my guys long enough."

Williams may not have the burner speed Shea craves, but he would upgrade the position. His forty time has been clocked in the high 4.4s or low 4.5s, which is solid for his 6-foot-4, 230 pound frame.

"He's got good speed, not great speed, but given his size, how many guys are you going to see have great speed at that size," Jerry Angelo said. " I can't think of anybody in this draft with great size that has great speed, it just doesn't go hand in hand. But he's got good enough speed, he's made big plays downfield."

Admittedly scouts spend a lot of time analyzing combine numbers, but how fast a player is on the football field is more important.

"There is definitely such a thing as football speed," Williams said. "I've known a lot of guys who can run a 4.2 and meanwhile you have stiff hips or you can't read routes or you can't adjust on grass or turf."

Williams decided to enter the draft after leading the Huskies in all receiving categories as a junior. He had 89 receptions for 1,109 yards and eight touchdowns. Those numbers were down from his sophomore campaign where he set school records for receptions and receiving yards totaling 94 catches good for 1,454 yards and 11 trips to the end zone. His numbers earned him All Conference honors the past two years and was also named Pac 10 co-Freshman of the Year in 2001.

The Bears need a complement for Marty Booker, preferably one with big-play capabilities. David Terrell has done very little in his first three years to indicate that he's the guy. Justin Gage played well in limited action as a rookie, but it will be difficult for the Bears to go into the season without adding depth at wide receiver.

TFY Draft Preview Scouting Report
Positive:
Big, reliable receiver with a well-rounded game. Reads the defense, finds the open spot on the field then extends to catch the pass away from his frame. Gets vertical, adjusts to the errant throw and high points the ball, making the difficult reception in traffic. Strong running after the reception, breaks tackles and picks up a lot of yardage. Relatively sharp route runner for a big pass catcher and stays low on exit, getting separation from defenders. Uses his large frame to shield opponents, looks the pass in and remains focused throughout the play. Confident and plays that way.

Negative: Not a sudden or explosive player and has more built up speed than immediate acceleration. Slow releasing off the line of scrimmage. Could turn up the intensity as a blocker.

Analysis: A dynamic receiver that opens up a lot of other avenues for the offense, Williams has been productive and on top of his game since arriving at Washington. Has the physical skills and strength to make a seamless transition into the NFL and should be immediately produce.


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