Although the Jaguars receiving corps has been much maligned for much of this millennium, their group always looks the part. Whether it be the 6'6" Matt Jones, 6'7+" tight end Marcedes Lewis, 6'4" former first-round pick Reggie Williams, these players look big and strong, and could line up for a lot of basketball teams.
When you think of some of the best air attacks in the nation, the white and blue jerseys and plain helmets of Penn State don't immediately come to mind. The Nittany Lions are called "Linebacker U," not "Wide Receiver U" for a reason, but Derrick Williams is trying to change all that.
At first glance, the 5'11", 197 lb. Williams hardly looks the part of a prototypical wide receiver, but he plays much bigger than his listed size. Scouts say Williams has solid hands and surprising strength for a player of his size.
As a senior, Williams was in a run-oriented offense, but still managed to catch 40 passes for 451 yards and three touchdowns. Sometimes used as a running back, Williams carried the rock 39 times for another 226 yards and three more touchdowns. Williams is more than just a dual, run/pass threat, as he is also an accomplished kickoff and punt return man. He averaged nearly 10 yards per punt return in 2008, including one he took back to the house. As a kickoff return man, Williams averaged nearly 25 yards per return with two more touchdowns. During the week of Senior Bowl practice, Williams showed off all of his attributes.
"I think I'm showcasing my talent, doing the best I can, doing what I can do," Williams told JagNation in an exclusive interview.
Williams has been timed in the low 4.3's (40-yard dash), and his route running is good enough where he can play both inside or outside. The Penn State standout has no issues with confidence, as we asked him what he brings to an NFL team.
"I'm very versatile as a receiver," Williams said. "I've got great hands, I run great routes, I can do a lot of things to help a team out."
When asked how he compares with some of the other receivers that are in the draft, Williams was very clear.
"To me I'm the best. I'm going to give my all, I'm going to be a leader. I just think that I'm the best."
Strong words from a strong athlete who could go as high as the top of round two, as he can help a team in many ways. Derrick Williams certainly caught the Jaguars scouts eyes at the Senior Bowl, and he may catch Jaguars fans eyes this fall.
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