Position: Wide Receiver
Projected 40-Time: 4.52
Star Rating: Grade: 88
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
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85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Williams is a tough, competitive receiver with good size and athleticism. He quickly gets off the line, runs solid routes and has the desire to come back to the ball and work for his quarterback. He shows good awareness as a route runner, is quick in and out of his breaks, and has the ability to adjust to errant throws running full speed over the middle and downfield. He possesses good hand/eye coordination, catching the ball away from his body, is effective running after the reception and keeps the play in bounds by delivering a stiff-arm to pick up extra yardage. He’s a solid blocker downfield and keeps his feet moving at all times. He has experience as a punt returner. He’s a solid No. 2 receiver in an offense at the next level.
Weaknesses: He has above average size, but has to be more physical competing for the ball. He tends to lose focus and will drop catchable passes. Durability is an issue.Steuber Says: A two-year starter at USC, Williams, a former Arkansas recruit, left the Razorbacks after the 2006 season and enrolled at USC in 2007 and sat out the entire year. Williams had a breakthrough sophomore season in ’08 for the Trojans and registered a team-high in receptions (58) and receiving yards (869), while catching nine touchdown passes. Williams had an even greater year this past season with freshman Matt Barkley, not Mark Sanchez, throwing him the ball, as he hauled in 70 passes for 1,010 yards and six touchdowns. It’s possible that the New York Jets will show some interest in the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Williams late in the first round with their selection (No. 29) to reunite him with Sanchez, but it’s likely that Williams will fall into the early portion of the second round.
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