NFL Draft Prospects: Clemson

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#7 WR Mike Williams (6’3 | 225 | 4.50) – Bounced back from a scary neck injury in 2015 to have a monster junior season with 90 catches for 1,267 yards and 10 touchdowns. Williams has the ideal build for a number one receiver in the NFL with enough speed to keep defenders honest.

Besides his size, his best trait is his body control which gives him the ability to make whatever adjustments are necessary to catch the ball. Williams excels at back-shoulder and contested 50/50 throws, showing the ability to catch the ball at it’s highest point and fight through contact to make the catch.

He’s also shown natural hands and catches the ball away from his body consistently, though he has suffered some concentration lapses on easy catches which has led to frustrating drops. It’s almost as if Williams needs a degree of difficulty to focus on catching the ball. To put it in Madden terms, Williams “catch in traffic” and “spectacular catch” ratings would be higher than his “catching” grade.

Williams’ size, body control, and hands should make him a dangerous red zone threat from day one in the NFL and he has enough talent to eventually make plays on all levels of the field. He’ll need to improve his route running at the next level, but all the tools are there for him to be a weapon anywhere on the field.

Williams is a lock for the first round and has the potential to be a legitimate number one receiver in the NFL early in his career.

Projection: Mid-first round