Buffalo Bills 2022 NFL Draft Prospect to Know: Jameson Williams
Could Jameson Williams be the player the Buffalo Bills target in the first round?
In this year’s draft class, there isn’t a clear top prospect at the wide receiver. However, Jameson Williams is certainly in the discussion, even as he is rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered in the National Championship Game against Georgia.
It appears that if the Buffalo Bills want to select Jameson Williams, they will have to trade up into the first round. Although it may be worth it with what Williams is able to do on the football field and how he might fit in this offense.
Weight: 189 pounds
Arms: 32 1/8″
Hands: 9 1/4″
Jameson Williams spent his first two years in college at Ohio State and struggled to get consistent playing time. He would finish with only 15 receptions, 266 receiving yards, and three touchdowns over those two seasons.
This past season, Williams transferred to the University of Alabama and had a breakout season with 79 receptions, 1,572 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns. In the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, Williams had seven receptions, 184 receiving yards, and two touchdowns.
He looked to be on his way to having a similar game in the National Championship Game against Georgia with four receptions and 65 yards before suffering the torn ACL.
NFL.com Scouting Report by Lance Zierlein
"Linear route-runner with electric long speed to impact a game as a home-run hitter or decoy drawing defenders away from other elements of the offense. Williams ruins man coverage but faces some limitations. He has issues getting off press cleanly and might require some scheming to help get off the mark cleanly against certain corners. Catch toughness can be inconsistent when contested or in heavily trafficked areas. He has all the juice to find consistent separation on vertical, over and post/corner routes and could see monstrous production if paired with a high-end talent at quarterback. The ACL tear could play a role in determining his ultimate draft destination, but it’s unlikely to change his game."
How Jameson Williams fits with the Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills have a very good wide receiver group that is fairly balanced with Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis, Jamison Crowder, and Isaiah McKenzie. If there is one criticism for this group, it is that they are missing that one wide receiver with breakaway speed that can be that consistent big-play threat.
Jameson Williams could certainly address that need and would make the passing game even more dynamic than it already is. As Zierlein notes in his scouting report, even when Williams isn’t getting the ball he would be making an impact because he could be a decoy that stretches defenses out and opens up some of the underneath routes for other wide receivers like Diggs and Crowder.
The challenge with Williams is that he likely will be going in the first half of the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Bills are rumored to be willing to move up and if they do this could be the player they are targeting.