WR Mike Williams, Clemson*

6’4” – 218 lbs. – 4.60e

Worked into the receiver rotation as a freshman before taking over a starting role as a sophomore. Sat out nearly the entire 2015 season after fracturing his neck in the season opener, then enjoyed a highly productive 2016 campaign. Very tall, long-limbed receiver with adequate bulk, although he’s a little bit thinner than some players with a similar game. Runs a fairly simple route tree consisting of shallow crosses, curls, slants, tunnel screens, fades, and patterns with inside releases. Has some build-up speed but it’s fair to wonder how much separation he’ll be able to get at the pro level given his lack of suddenness and explosiveness off the line and when coming out of breaks. Was often schemed open on pick plays or with other routes run by receivers on the same side of the line. Appears to have some issues with balance, having slipped repeatedly during the semifinal game against Ohio St., one slip leading to an interception. Teams may have to feel comfortable throwing passes into coverage in order to get the ball to him. Doesn’t always look like he is completely interested when the ball isn’t coming his way; will go through the motions on some routes, or look like a spectator on some rushing attempts rather than aggressively blocking his man. When covered, uses his frame to shield defenders from the ball, although he could be more aggressive about working back to passes. Has a very wide catch radius, with his length and leaping ability making him a huge vertical target able to outjump opponents and snag passes. Has a basketball background and excellent body control, allowing him to high-point throws and adjust to balls away from his frame. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder when working down the sidelines. Weapon in the red zone, with good footwork and awareness near the sideline; could be a touchdown machine at the pro level. Makes a lot of difficult catches, although he will let some opportunities slip through his fingers in tight coverage when running patterns such as slants. Powerful runner after the catch, with the ability to grind out some extra yardage; looks like a different player with the ball in his hands versus when he’s asked to block. Has the length and power to develop into a quality blocker, but positioning leaves a lot to be desired, some of which is due to his lack of effort in that aspect of the game. Special size and ability to track and adjust to passes make him a potential first-round pick, even given his lack of polish or top-end speed.

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