Derrick Williams, WR, Penn State

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Derrick Williams, WR, Penn State

Postby Pudge » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:26 am

Derrick Williams
6-0/198 Penn State
4.47 Senior

Pros: He has good speed and is a dangerous runner in the open field. Very good on screens and reverses and gets some reps at running back. Is a good returner. Does a nice job blocking on the edge, showing ability to cut corners.

Cons: Inconsistent and not a reliable receiving option. Doesn't get open and needs to improve his route-running. Goes laterally too much rather than upfield as a punt returner.

Overview: He's a big play guy that is good with the ball in his hands, but he's not a polished or good enough receiver to consistently do that. He's the most dangerous of Penn State's receivers, but is overshadowed quite a bit by Butler and Norwood in terms of actual receiving skills. Missed second half of his freshman year with a broken arm. But started all four years, but was not as productive as his teammates with 9 receiving touchdowns in his career. But had 8 rushing touchdowns and 5 touchdowns as a returner. Only led team in receptions as a junior.

NFL Forecast: I foresee Williams being a solid return threat at the next level that can get some reps as a third wideout. But I doubt he has the consistency to really be a starter. If he polishes up his game, he stands a chance. But at best he's probably a subpar No. 2 option like Donte Stallworth, who can stretch the field. But when you need a key grab on third down, he's nowhere to be found. He's basically a great athlete with speed and quickness, but not a natural receiver. If you're wanting a reliable option as a starter, he's not it. But he can be a nice playmaker off the bench and on special teams.

ATL Forecast: Williams would be a nice pickup because of his special teams potential. He's not going to surpass any of the team's top three wideouts, but could make a nice developmental fourth wideout down the road. He'll take some time to develop, but you can use him on screens and reverses and direct snaps in the mean time to take advantage of his playmaking potential. All the while getting the benefits on special teams.

Value: His return potential might push him up in the third round, but if judge purely by his receiving ability he's a fifth round pick at best.
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