Badgers WR on Packers' wish list

The Green Bay Packers, like other NFL teams, are continuing to invite college prospects to their facilities. The Packers have scheduled a visit with a University of Wisconsin receiver prior to the NFL draft. Check out who it is and which other NFL teams that are interested in him!

University of Wisconsin wide receiver and return specialist Brandon Williams has been invited by the Green Bay Packers to tour their facilities, according to Scout.com. The Packers are seeking to build depth at wide receiver, and are in need of a return specialist, making Williams an ideal candidate.

Williams, however, will be a hot commodity in the upcoming NFL draft. He has received a number of pre-draft looks from at least half of the teams in the National Football League. He has been timed between 4.4 and 4.52 in the 40-yard dash in individual workouts and at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

Teams with the most interest in Williams besides Green Bay, include Tampa Bay, Carolina and Pittsburgh. He has either visited or plans to visit with those teams.

Williams is projected by draft experts to be a mid-to-late first-round selection. The Packers may be able to obtain him early in the second round, if he lasts that long, or by obtaining another first-round pick by trading their fifth overall selection for two first-round picks.

Williams had a sparkling punt return average of 14.6 yards, scoring two touchdowns, last year for the Badgers. He also became just the second receiver in Wisconsin history to top 1,000 yards receiving. He finished with a team-high 59 catches for 1,095 yards and six touchdowns. Williams had six catches for 173 yards and a touchdown in Wisconsin's 24-10 victory over Auburn in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 2.

"I think my versatility is one of my main strengths because in college I played receiver, defensive back, kick returner, punt returner," Williams told reporters at the recent Combine. "I've done a lot of things and I've just had that knack for making that big play at the right time."

Williams' biggest obstacle is his height. The Packers are leaning toward bigger, taller receivers, and Williams is just over 5-foot-9 and 179 pounds. But he doesn't see his size as a negative.

"With the coming of Steve Smith and Santana Moss, I'm glad they had the years they had because they're helping me," Williams said. "A lot of scouts aren't worried too much about the size factor anymore, they just want a guy who can make plays and has an ability to make plays."

NFL teams are allowed to invite up to 30 collegiate prospects to their facilities prior to the NFL draft, though, it does not necessarily mean that they will select that player.

Here is more info on Williams from Scout.com:

Height: 5-9.5

Weight: 179

40 yard dash time: 4.4 - 4.52

Vertical leap: 39 inches

Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter and All-Conference performer the past two seasons. Led the team in receiving as a senior posting 59/1,095/6, also averaged 14.6 yards on 26 punt returns with two more scores. Junior receiving totals were 47/580/2.

Positives: Under-sized yet consistent receiver with ability 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.

Negatives: Marginal top-end speed. Will have difficulty handling the jam at the next level. Unnecessarily lets the ball get inside him at times.

Analysis: Reliable throughout his Wisconsin career, Williams is a solid middle-round pick with potential as No. 3 receiver and return specialist at the next level.


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