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Williams was primarily a quarterback at Madison Prep, a small charter school in Baton Rouge, and received very little interest from FBS-level programs, committing to FCS-level Grambling State as a wide receiver. He became a starter in the second half of his true freshman season, posting 11 catches for 141 yards and two scores. Williams started nine games as a sophomore in 2014 and recorded 45 receptions for 572 yards and five touchdowns. He started all 11 games in 2015 as a junior and led the team with 64 catches for 1,012 yards and 10 scores, earning First Team All-SWAC honors. Williams was suspended for the 2016 season opener, but led the conference in catches (90), receiving yards (1,337) and touchdowns (11), earning First Team All-SWAC and Second Team All-American honors.
Williams was the X wide receiver in the Tigers up-tempo, spread scheme and was part of a senior class that went 1-10 as freshmen in 2013, but helped lead GSU to 11-1 in 2016 and a HBCU National Championship. He excels above the rim with an intriguing blend of size, athleticism and ball skills to provide a large strike zone for the quarterback. He tends to rely more on athleticism than technical skill to set up defenders and will need to improve his route-running to create separation in the NFL. Williams didnt look out of place vs. the top competition at the Senior Bowl and his performance at those practices should get him drafted as a development receiver (if his character checks out) would be the first Grambling State draft pick since defensive lineman Jason Hatcher in the 2006 NFL Draft (92nd overall, Dallas Cowboys).
STRENGTHS: Good-sized athlete with a slender, but strong frame. Strong leaper with a coordinated plant-and-attack motion towards the ball. Focus ratchets up in contested situations to secure 50-50 balls. Shows body control and tracking skills on throws over his shoulder. Leverages the catch point and forces defensive backs to go through him to make a play. Shows the same competitive nature after the catch. Takes pride in his blocking. Competes with an edge and not afraid to throw the first punch. Improved production each season, including career-bests in every receiving category as a senior posted 13 catches for 152 yards against Arizona, his only 2016 FBS-level opponent.
WEAKNESSES: Unpolished route runner and lacks nuance to create easy separation. Not a burner and lacks an explosive top gear. Inefficient vs. press and in/out of his breaks. Redirected and knocked off his path, leading to wasted steps. Late to recognize coverages and needs to speed up his mental process. Stabs the ball well, but his body adjustments often look forced, leading to focus drops .Tough, but not elusive after the catch. Lacks experience against top-level competition. Immature past and known to hang with a questionable crowd arrested for possession of a firearm (three guns, including an AK-47 assault rifle) and simple possession of marijuana (May 2016) and was suspended for the 2016 season opener.