Clemson’s Mike Williams is a big-bodied wide receiver with skills to dominate defensive backs.
School: Clemson Ht: 6-3 Wt: 225
Williams is the prototype of the big, physical receiver many teams covet. He uses his frame and strength well to create separation that he doesn’t gain via speed and quickness. He is a natural hands catcher who doesn’t allow the ball to get into his body often. Williams has strong, reliable hands and is able to pluck the ball out of the air with ease. Tracks the ball extremely well on the move. Fights through contact and is a terror to bring down with as a ball-carrier. Willing and able as a blocker, not afraid to get his hands dirty.
The primary concern is that Williams suffered a neck injury that kept him out for the entire 2015 season. He has shown no ill-effects since, however. He is a sloppy route-runner and will need to refine his technique to be successful on the NFL level. For a player with his size and athleticism, Williams could also improve on his win rate in jumpball situations.
If he checks out medically, Williams is a lock for the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Of course, you’ll get the Martavis Bryant comparisons due to the Clemson connection, but Williams is not the same type of receiver as Bryant. Williams is thicker, stronger receiver, while Bryant is lankier and faster. Williams is the top-rated receiver in the 2017 draft class, but still has a ways to go before becoming a complete receiver. However, he has all the tools needed to be a big-time receiver in the NFL.