WR Preston Williams, Colorado St.*

6’4” – 211 lbs. – 4.55
Originally attended Tennessee, where he played sparingly for two seasons before transferring to Colorado St., which required him to sit out the 2017 season. Transfer was reportedly due to being arrested for assaulting his girlfriend. This past year, had an incredibly productive campaign of 96-1,345-14 and subsequently decided to declare for the draft. Tall, long-limbed cornerback with ideal size for the pro level. Lined up on both sides of the field as well as in the slot. Demonstrates pretty good footwork to release at the line of scrimmage against press coverage. Ran routes to different levels of the field; not a true burner by any means, but was able to create some opportunities for downfield throws, getting opposing cornerbacks in his hip pocket during the games reviewed. Does a nice job of tracking and adjusting to deeper throws down the sidelines. Is a pretty good route-runner overall, with the ability to create opportunities for himself on curls, comebacks, back-shoulder throws, and deep crossing patterns, the last of those being where he did a lot of his damage at the college level. Offers impressive ball skills; in addition to his size and length, traits which already give him a wide catch radius, also demonstrates impressive flexibility and body control to adjust to throws, with the aggressiveness to climb the ladder and come down with jump-balls over the top of defenders. That said, didn’t impress with his vertical leap at the Colorado St. pro day. Could be more consistent about working back to the ball and shielding defenders with his frame. Has pretty reliable hands and looks comfortable snatching the ball away from his body. After the catch, demonstrates competitiveness, fighting to gain extra yardage and finish his runs; has some elusiveness in space; the team also tried to get him some opportunities to create on tunnel screens, reverses, and shallow crossing routes. Would like to see him stalk block with more aggression; has the physical tools to dominate cornerbacks but doesn’t always appear to be giving maximal effort in the run game, often throwing just one arm at his opponent. Draft status is pretty hard to get a feel for given his character concerns; has a combination of size, length, flexibility, body control, and route-running skill which would otherwise warrant a second-day selection, but the aforementioned arrest will probably cause him to be taken off of the boards of several teams.

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