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Mike Williams | Wide Receiver

Team: Clemson Tigers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 10/4/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 218

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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." Mar 19 - 3:01 PM

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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."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 2:00 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.
Mar 17 - 11:45 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, NFL.com'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 NFL.com mock drafts have his projected range of outcomes from No. 10 (Bills) to No. 30 (Steelers).
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 3:42 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.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 14 - 10:52 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.
Mar 10 - 4:03 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.
Mar 8 - 2:32 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
Mar 7 - 10:38 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.
Mar 4 - 3:52 PM

Clemson WR Mike Williams met with Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin on Thursday.

Williams "likes the offense," according to Cardinals beat writer Kyle Odegard. Williams won't be running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, but he's staying busy. He'll meet with the Cowboys on Friday.
Mar 3 - 4:00 PM

Clemson WR Mike Williams won't run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.

Williams cited a "long season" as his reason, an explanation that rings quite hollow. That said, Williams showed some self-awareness by adding that he knows he's not a burner and mentioning Jerry Rice as a receiver who didn't have a fast 40. We'll have to wait until Clemson's Pro Day to get a 40 time on him. Williams, who arrived in Indy at 6-foot-4 and 218 pounds with 9 3/8-inch hands, will meet with the Cowboys on Friday night.
Mar 3 - 3:31 PM

Clemson WR Mike Williams will meet with the Cowboys on Friday night.

Though there's little chance that Dallas will have access to Williams on Draft Day, barring a trade up, it's fun to imagine him flanking Dez Bryant. Williams checked into the NFL Combine at 6-foot-4 and 218 pounds with 9 3/8-inch hands.
Mar 3 - 3:16 PM

Clemson WR Mike Williams arrived in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine at 6-foot-4 and 218 pounds with 9 3/8-inch hands.

All of this sounds on the nose for Williams, who had been variously listed between 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-5 over the past year. There is no doubting his physical prowess. His 40-yard dash figures to carry slightly more import. If he can bust below 4.50 seconds, that would be phenomenal. The former Clemson wideout is a potential top-10 pick this spring. He has been comped to Alshon Jeffrey.
Mar 2 - 2:38 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Clemson WR Mike Williams to Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffrey.

"Like Jeffery, Williams is physical at the catch point and capable of turning off-target throws into completions. Both receivers can win in the short game while providing a downfield threat in contested situations," writes the PFF analysis team. The outlet goes on to note that the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder "projects as a receiver capable of using his body to move the chains while adding a downfield component to the passing game due to his ability to win at the catch point with strong ball skills." As far as general consensus goes, Williams and Western Michigan wideout Corey Davis are being viewed as the top two receivers in the 2017 draft pool. Both should land as first-round picks unless craziness ensues.
Feb 16 - 5:17 PM

Clemson senior WR Mike Williams confirmed that he'll make himself available for the NFL Draft.

Williams was a true senior, but he could have applied for a medical redshirt after missing almost the entirety of the 2015 campaign with a neck injury. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder could be headed for a top-10 slot in the spring, but he'll have to run well to get there. He's been projected at a 4.50 forty. Williams has a big, muscular frame and a physical game to go with it. He shows outstanding body control on the move and regularly wins in contested situations by outleaping DBs and high-pointing the ball in traffic. His game translates smoothly to the NFL.
Jan 11 - 2:42 PM