Position: Wide Receiver
College: South Carolina
40 Time: 4.28-4.35
Scout.com Draft Ranking: 24th overall, 4th at WR
Projected draft slot: Mid to late first round
Strengths: Speed, size, good hands
Weaknesses: Needs polish on running routes, unproven at working against press coverage.
A big play wide out with solid size, Williamson averaged almost 20-yards per reception and totaled more touchdowns then all other USC receivers combined. He has the speed to make defenders play loose and the size to potentially have some value as a possession receiver as well.
Though he was double-teamed more than any premier WR in this draft, Williamson showed quite a bit this year. He is not as good a prospect as Michigan WR Braylon Edwards or Southern Cal WR Mike Williams, but the difference between the three is not that big. Most scouting reports focus on his 4.3 speed, which is a big reason for his 19.4 yard average, but straight line speed only takes you so far. On intermediate to deep routes, he eats up cushion with his ability to accelerate through his cuts. This skill creates big play opportunities at all time. He is also an ultra competitive player that fights for the ball, adjusts to poorly thrown balls, and puts good effort in his blocking. He isn't as refined as Oklahoma's Mark Clayton on the shorter routes, but he is not as dependent as Clayton on those routes to be useful.
Despite the fact that the wide receiver's dream coach, Steve Spurrier, was hired as South Carolina's head Ballcoach, Williamson decided to leave the Gamecocks after his junior season and put his name into the draft pool.
His decision to pass up a season in the Fun ‘n Gun may prove to be a wise one. He has steadily moved up the draft charts with a series of good workouts and a solid showing at the combine. In fact, he is on the verge of getting a reputation as one of those "Workout Warriors." From a recent Scout.com report:
The seventh College Football All-Star Challenge, a skills competition featuring some of the biggest names in the game, was the event that Troy Williamson turned on its head. He wasn't originally on the invite list and replaced Maurice Clarett the day before the event was scheduled when Clarett opted out.Williamson on Williamson
He simply came away with the victory, completing an obstacle course, which included foot agility drills and a gauntlet among others, a full 1.5 seconds ahead of his competition.
Williamson also won the rapid fire pass-route running drill, which consisted of five different routes that each skill player had to run. He caught all five passes thrown from Saints QB Aaron Brooks and once again finished ahead of the other skill position players.
"It was a great experience altogether," said Williamson. "When I was out there, it was the competitive edge that came out of me. I wanted to be a competitor and do what I had to do. I had a good time hanging out with all the other football players who were there. It was a very good experience altogether."
I feel that my hands are another good thing for me. Right now, I'm working a lot on my route-running and stuff like that. What people say that I'm weak at, those are the things that I'm working on, the kind of stuff that can make people see that I can do more than just run by somebody.Fit with Redskins:
I can catch the ball, I can run routes, and do all the other stuff that people said I couldn't do. That's one of the main things: I love proving people wrong. I've been doing it all my life. I want to show everybody that I am the person that people say that I am, not the person that people say that I'm not.
Williamson's presence would give the Redskins the addition of a third big-play threat at wideout this offseason. Should he develop an ability to catch over the middle, the team's wide receiver corps would give Patrick Ramsey ample opportunities to show off his strong passing arm and would keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night.