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Eagles Could Have an Interesting Decision if Mike Williams Falls
- Updated: April 12, 2017
Clemson’s Mike Williams is one of the more intriguing names in this year’s NFL draft. Most mock drafts have Williams going in the top 15 picks of the first round, with many as high as top 10. Williams is the best wide receiver prospect coming out in this year’s class. It will be interesting to see where he ends up.
At 6’4 and 218 lbs., he has prototypical size for an NFL receiver and knows how to use his size as an advantage. Williams also has good, strong hands, and he uses them effectively to grab footballs when they are away from his body. He also has a long reach (33 3/8 inches) that he uses to pluck balls that are far away from him. Williams also has yards after the catch ability due to his ability to make corners miss him once he catches the football and the innate ability to run crossing routes over the middle of the field. He isn’t afraid to expose his body and take punishing hits.
Williams is also coming off of a fantastic season and was awarded by making the second-team Walter Camp All-American and first-team All-ACC team. He developed himself into a better and more polished receiver over his time in college, but the Clemson standout still has some work to do if he wants to be an elite receiver in the NFL.
2013: 10 games, 20 catches, 316 yards, 3 TD
2014: 12 games, 57 catches, 1030 yards, 6 TD
2015: 1 game, 2 catches, 20 yards, 1 TD **
2016: 15 games, 98 catches, 1361 yards, 11 TD
*The following stats come from www.sports-reference.com.
** Missed season due to fractured neck
While Williams has all of the physical attributes that anyone could want from a receiver. At times though he has shown a problem keeping his head in the game. Over the second half of last season, Williams began dropping some passes due to his issues focusing on the game.
Williams also seems to struggle a bit more against bigger, stronger and faster corners than he should. He needs to learn how to maximize his size to the best of his ability. Although extremely talented, he doesn’t have devastating speed. My concern, therefore, is that he could struggle against some of the quicker NFL cornerbacks. In addition, Williams missed all of 2015 with a neck injury, meaning that some NFL front offices might have put a red flag on him due to health concerns.
Williams is an interesting target for many teams in the top half of the first round of the NFL draft. The Los Angeles Chargers, picking seventh, could be looking for a receiver due to Keenan Allen’s injury history. At pick 10, Buffalo could certainly use a weapon like Mike Williams. The Bills need a receiver with size for QB Tyrod Taylor. Williams would be the perfect man to provide that. If Williams makes it past the Bills pick, then the Philadelphia Eagles should certainly be interested.
Despite having signed Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery as free agents, the Eagles still need a receiver. Alshon Jeffery is only on a one-year contract, and could be gone after the 2017 season. Williams would be a perfect piece for young QB Carson Wentz to throw to. The two would be able to grow together into what would hopefully become a dangerous duo in the future.
Overall, Mike Williams is tantalizing due to his physical traits and abilities. However, due to his injury history and some drops during last season, he could fall all the way to the Philadelphia Eagles at pick 14.
Draft projection: Top-14 picks in the first round