Mike Williams – Clemson
Mike Williams isn’t known as the receiver with the most potential or the most gifted overall, but he’s seen as the receiver in this draft that can step in day one and produce better than any other receiver — right away.
There’s a lot to like about Mike Williams and will likely be successful anywhere he goes. Analysts currently view him as a top-10 pick, but could fall to the middle of the round. No matter what, he will be one of the first receivers taken in the draft.
Let’s take a look at his frame:
Weight: 218 lbs.
Arm Length: 33 3/8”
Hands: 9 3/8”
How about his combine results?
Bench Press: 15 reps
Vertical Jump: 32.5 in.
Broad Jump: 121.0 in.
Here’s what NFL.com’s draft profile says his strengths are:
"Prototypical height, weight, speed prospect. Fills out the uniform as well as any receiver in college football. Sells vertical push to create an early hip turn from backpedaling cornerbacks. Uses hands to create late separation on vertical throws. Long arms and big hands can go get throws at their highest point, snatching 50/50 balls away from his in-air competitors. Ball tracking is impeccable. Able to track it inside, outside or over his shoulder. Hands catcher who plucks it away from his body. Has body control to dig out the low balls and contort to grab throws Deshaun Watson leaves behind him. Concentration ramps up when routes take him between the hashes. Works middle of the field with no reservations about what is lingering. Has been asked to work all three levels of the field at Clemson. Can make cornerbacks miss after the catch and extend his play. Needs more commitment as a run blocker but has frame and strength to make a difference as a blocker."
Personally, Mike Williams and Sammy Watkins lining up on opposite sides of the ball would create a nightmare for opposing defenses. Speed would be nice, but Watkins has that and a lot of the Buffalo Bills‘ depth players have it as well. This team needs someone that can go up and grab any ball thrown his way — that’s Mike Williams.
If Williams is on the board at No. 10, he will be of high consideration.