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Mike Williams | Wide Receiver

Team: Clemson Tigers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/4/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 218

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Rotoworld's Evan Silva assigned the Chargers a "C" grade for their draft.
Silva frowned upon the team's selection of Clemson WR Mike Williams at No. 7 -- not so much because he dislikes Williams, but more because the Chargers had far greater needs elsewhere. Silva specifically points to the fact that Ohio State S Malik Hooker was still on the board at that time. Writes Silva, "The Bolts waited until round four to address their safety need [with Miami's Rayshawn Jenkins), although Jenkins is more downhill strong safety than range-covering center fielder. He called the team's picks of Utah T Sam Tevi (sixth round) and Notre Dame DL Isaac Rochell (seventh round) "throwaways." Silva is considerably more down on this class than Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline -- who gives the Chargers a "B" -- and Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke -- who gives the Chargers an "A." Burke called the Chargers' work on Day 2 in selecting Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp and Indiana G Dan Feeney "fantastic." Thu, May 4, 2017 05:41:00 PM
Source: Rotoworld

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Chargers selected Clemson WR Mike Williams with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 draft.

The first pick of the Los Angeles Chargers era, Williams (6’4/218) turned pro as a redshirt junior after rebounding from a sophomore-season neck fracture to drop a 98-1,361-11 (13.9 YPR) receiving line in 2016. Williams’ tape reveals a wideout whose game is built on back-shoulder fades and contested catches, traits that translate well to the pros. A la Alshon Jeffery, Williams is dominant at the catch point and fearless over the middle. He has long arms (33 3/8") and natural hands, which help Williams compensate for sub-par separation. Possessing 4.56-4.58 speed and a mere 32-inch vertical, Williams’ ceiling likely isn’t as high as Alshon’s, but he wins in similar ways and should be used similarly in the NFL.
Thu, Apr 27, 2017 09:03:00 PM

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo report that the Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans both privately worked out Clemson WR Mike Williams over the past week.

The Chargers, widely expected to focus on defense in Round 1, own the No. 7 pick. The Titans are a cleaner fit for Williams and have been connected to him throughout the process. Tennessee owns two first-round picks (Nos. 5 and 18). Presumably, the organization would like to trade a few slots down and target a receiver where the value lines up better.
Wed, Apr 26, 2017 01:20:00 PM

Clemson WR Mike Williams is visiting the Browns on Friday, according to Mike Garafolo.

With Corey Davis' quiet draft process and John Ross' injury history, we would be surprised if Mike Williams is not the first receiver. The Browns added Kenny Britt in the offseason and basically let Terrelle Pryor walk. Williams would play on the outside, which would likely push Corey Coleman to the slot.
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 10:35:00 AM

Clemson WR Mike Williams visited the Titans on Tuesday.

"They've done extensive work here," Ian Rapoport intriguingly added to his report. Tennessee badly needs receiving help. Fortunately, it has the Draft equity to get it with two picks in Round 1 (Nos. 5 and 18 overall). The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder may still run raw routes, but nobody is better in contested situations.'s Lance Zierlein sees former Steelers WR Plaxico Burress in Williams' game.
Wed, Apr 12, 2017 06:11:00 PM

Clemson WR Mike Williams will visit the Ravens.

Williams will also meet with the Browns and Titans. Williams will be viewed as the top receiver by many, and he answered some questions about his speed during the school's pro day. Williams is at his best on contested situations. If the pass is on target when he has position, Williams will catch the football. It is that simple.
Mon, Apr 3, 2017 11:09:00 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay notes that Clemson WR Mike Williams is "still a raw route runner."

"He ran mostly slants and go routes at Clemson, so he's going to need to take to coaching and learn how to get in and out of breaks quickly," McShay writes. "That learning curve could keep Williams from having instant success in the NFL." An NFC personnel director who spoke with NFL Media's Lance Zierlein is of a similar mind when it comes to the 6-foot-4, 220-pound first-rounder-to-be, saying that "it will take him some time to figure things out."
Sun, Mar 19, 2017 03:01:00 PM

NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly believes Clemson WR Mike Williams will a better pro than the Houston Texans' DeAndre Hopkins.

"Watching the two of them coming out of college, off tape, to me, Williams has better separation, the ability to beat a defender one-on-one when he has to, inside and outside on cuts," Casserly said. Obviously this is quite a statement, as Hopkins has averaged more than 1,100 yards per year over four NFL seasons. Williams (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) clocked 40-yard dashes of 4.58 and 4.56 seconds at the Tigers' pro day on Thursday. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock called Williams "a first-round pick all day long," at the workout. There was one issue, though. "A little disappointing to me was his 10 (yard split) time, only 1.65. Laquon Treadwell of the Minnesota Vikings had the same time, that's scary," Casserly said. "He hasn't done shuttle drills. Why not? Maybe he doesn't think he does them well, and his change of direction may not be quite what we think it is. (I) love him on tape, though."
Fri, Mar 17, 2017 02:00:00 PM

Clemson WR Mike Williams is among the prospects visiting the Eagles on Friday.

He joins Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook and a number of other prospects. Some teams bring in prospects in clumps to make the process more seamless, but also to see how they interact with each other. Williams finished his pro day this week, but declined to go through agility drills. The Eagles certainly could target a receiver in round one.
Fri, Mar 17, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Clemson WR Mike Williams clocked 40-yard dash times of 4.58 and 4.56 seconds at the Tigers' pro day on Thursday.

These were heavily anticipated runs, as Williams chose not to run the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month. His result is right on the cut line of acceptability. Prior to it,'s Bucky Brooks said a forty of 4.55 or better was what scouts wanted to see from Williams. Williams' Thursday performance shouldn't push him out of the first round. Recent mock drafts have his projected range of outcomes from No. 10 (Bills) to No. 30 (Steelers).
Thu, Mar 16, 2017 03:42:00 PM

An NFC personnel director told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that Clemson WR Mike Williams is "[r]eally pretty looking when you watch him down on the field but he's not there yet."

"When college players get up here and find out that cornerbacks are faster and more physical, there is an adjustment period. I think it will take him some time to figure things out but I think he'll do it," the personnel director said of the 6-foot-4, 218-pounder, additionally telling Zierlein, "He's going to be good, I just don't know if he's going to be a star." For his part, Zierlein compares Williams' game to that of former Steelers WR Plaxico Burress.
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 10:52:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay would like to see Clemson WR Mike Williams run a 40-yard dash in the vicinity of 4.55 seconds on his program's pro day.

Williams opted out of running the 40-yard dash in Indianapolis this past weekend, generally a red-flag. He will have his shot to convince the NFL that his top-end speed is not a true issue come pro day. "It's important not to forget what Williams showed on the field this season," McShay cautions. The 6-foot-4, 218-pounder logged a 98-1361-11 receiving line in 15 games this past season. On his post-Combine Top 32, McShay slotted Williams in at No. 15. For context's sake, Western Michigan WR Corey Davis lands at No. 12, while Washington WR John Ross sneaks up behind Williams at No. 16.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 04:03:00 PM

An NFL Scout says is reminded of Mike Evans when he watches Clemson WR Mike Williams.

"He’s really good in traffic," the scout said. "He is talented, big. Thing that worries me, I don’t see him separating from people." The 6-foot-4, 218-pounder chose not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and then posted a disappointing vertical jump of 32.5 inches. "He’s a big-body, Dez Bryant mold," said another scout. "He fits that profile well. If you sit there and try to make him a guy that wins on immediate separation, there may be an issue.
Wed, Mar 8, 2017 02:32:00 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang believes that Clemson WR Mike Williams could slide out of the top 20 picks.

Rang refers to Williams' "lack of juice" during positional drills as "alarming." The 6-foot-4, 218-pounder chose not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend, always a decision bound to raise a few eyebrows for players coming to Indianapolis with questions surrounding their top-end speeds. We saw a similar situation with Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell last spring. Treadwell did not run the 40 at the Combine in 2016 and was ultimately drafted by the Vikings with pick No. 23.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Mar 7, 2017 10:38:00 PM

Clemson WR Mike Williams posted a 32.5-inch vertical jump at the NFL Combine.

Add Williams to the list of Combine "losers." He elected not to run the 40-yard dash -- draw your own conclusions on that one -- and then posted a poor vertical as a jump-ball specialist. There was one positive. Williams logged a strong 10-foot-1 broad jump at 6-foot-4, 218 pounds.
Sat, Mar 4, 2017 03:52:00 PM