MIKE WILLIAMS SCOUTING REPORT

February 21, 2017

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STRENGTHS

-Long frame, long-armed WR with good AA, foot speed, and acceleration. 

 

-Shows good understanding of how to attack his opponents' weaknesses with his route versatility and shows good FBI by consistently being on the same page as his QB.

 

-Consistently wins contested catches and is extremely strong at the catch point. Excels at using his frame to his advantage to elevate and box out defenders.

 

-Very good competitor who wants to win every rep. Comes up with huge catches in crucial moments of the game and shows good courage going across the middle with no fear repercussions from a serious neck injury in 2015. 

 

-Elite at coming down with the ball on 50/50 passes. Shows great reactions with a knack for making the spectacular catch. Shows great body control and does a good job adjusting to low passes.

 

-Absolutely unstoppable on Comebacks and back shoulder throws. Does an excellent job of remaining patient and not reaching his hands out until the last second so as not to tip off defenders in coverage.

 

-Outstanding weapon in Red Zone situations owing to his enormous catch radius. Shows a willingness to run block.

 

-Good acceleration and ability to shed tacklers after the catch, being used on screen passes to exploit mismatches in Clemson's offense.

 

 

WEAKNESSES

-More straight-line fast than laterally quick. May need to gain a few pounds to beat Press more consistently at the NFL level.

 

-Must focus on coming back to the ball more aggressively, extending his arms and catching the ball away from his body more consistently on short inside routes.

 

-Suffers from concentration issues and has a tendency of making hard catches look really easy and then making an easy catch without pressure look really difficult.

 

-Needs to use his body and long arms to become more physical as a run blocker. Can become dominant as a run blocker if he commits to refining his technique.

 

-When he starts feeling invincible after gaining momentum from consecutive catches, Williams will try to fight through 3-4 tackles rather than just going down, leading to unnecessary fumbles.

 

 

 

PERSONAL

-Williams missed nearly the entire 2015 season with a severe neck injury that he suffered from colliding awkwardly with a goal post in the back of the End Zone against Wofford University. Team medical officials will need to do extreme vetting of his neck to feel comfortable to spend a first round pick on him.

 

-No reported discipline or academic issues while enrolled at Clemson. 

 

-In an Aaron Brenner article from 10/2014, Williams was quoted with saying that he "floated through practices" in high school and never gave his full effort because his physical skills were enough to get him by. It will be important for team scouts to get a consensus on what type of practice player Williams has become since enrolling at Clemson.

 

-In interviews, Williams comes across as confident and football appears to be very important to him.

 

 

PRODUCTION

-A neck injury costing Williams his 2015 season harmed his career production at Clemson, but he bounced back with a strong 2016 campaign leading the ACC in Receptions (98) and winning the College Football Playoff National Championship. Williams does not hold any school or conference records of note and was a four-star Rivals recruit coming out of Lake Marion High School in Santee, SC.

 

FINAL EVALUATION

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ATHLETIC ABILITY: 5

MENTAL PROCESSING: 5

PLAY STRENGTH: 6

PLAY SPEED: 5

COMPETITIVE TOUGHNESS: 6

CATCHING: 14

ROUTE RUNNING: 12

INTANGIBLES: 12

RUN AFTER CATCH: 7

MATURITY: 5

PRODUCTION: 4

 

TOTAL GRADE: 81

 

BEST FIT: X WR in a Vertical Offense

 

PLAYER COMPARISON: Mike Evans

 

INTERESTED TEAMS: TBD

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