Pros: Has good size and strength and shows he's a capable blocker on the edge, particularly when blocking downfield. Has good long speed and is a long strider that does well in a straight line. Has decent hands and is good after the catch when he's given space to run.
Cons: Not as physical a runner as you'd think considering his size. Lacks burst and quickness and takes time to get up to speed. Doesn't get a good release. Body catches too much and drops some passes. Needs polish as a blocker, but effective due to his size.
Overview: He's a tweener at wide receiver that has some potential to be an H-back at the next level. His skills match up better as a prospective tight end than receiver. Remained a starter as a senior, but was no longer one of the top receiving options.
NFL Forecast: Generally speaking when receivers move to tight end, they take several years to develop. Mikhael Ricks and Billy Miller jump out. They rarely make an impact until three, four, or even five years into their careers. More than likely that will be the case with Williams as well. He's worth developing as an H-back. But he needs to get bigger and stronger, and probably add another 10-20 pounds. He'll never be a great blocker, but with some refinement he'll be a capable blocker for his position. His speed would be an asset more so at tight end than at receiver, being a guy that could stretch the middle of the field. Williams is a project, but for a team that is willing to sit him on the bench for a few years could pay dividends with a nice H-back down the road. Won't ever be a great, but the type of guy that can make 30 or so grabs per season. But in the meantime, he'll really only be worth developing if he can play on special teams. As a receiver, he'll only really be a factor in the redzone, and would only be a fourth option at best.
ATL Forecast: Williams could be a decent long-term project for the Falcons, but probably wouldn't solve the team's issues at tight end. He won't be a go-to option at that position, and outside his size and blocking he's not going to bring a lot to the table as a receiver. The better bet is to let another team do the developing and reap the benefits when he's ready.
Value: Williams is too much of a project to merit being drafted, but some team should bring him to camp to start the conversion process.
Scouting Reports of wide receivers in the 2009 NFL draft.
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