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D'haquille Williams | Wide Receiver

Team: Auburn Tigers
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 224

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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein notes that "82.2 percent" of Auburn senior WR Duke Williams' catches went for first downs.
"Auburn's D'haquille "Duke" Williams combines strong hands with a great understanding of how to use his body to post defenders up and keep them in check. Williams' drop rate was just 4.3 percent, which is a solid number, but what is more impressive is that 82.2 percent of his catches went for first downs," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams recorded 45 receptions for 730 yards, with five touchdowns in only 10 games of play last year. Aug 26 - 2:51 PM
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Auburn WR Marcus Davis believes senior WR Duke Williams' benching was a "humbling experience."

Williams was held out of practice for a number of days, the reasoning was never disclosed, and returned at the bottom of the depth chart. Williams has had an odd offseason, hinting he was unhappy this spring and then missing time via coach's decision. Williams shines in the slot, and expect him to be used heavily there.
Source: AL.com
Aug 23 - 11:09 AM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams (ankle) participated in practice on Tuesday.

Williams suffered an ankle injury during Saturday's scrimmage and was spotted on crutches, wearing a walking boot on Sunday. Apparently, the mummification of his foot was just a precaution, as the 6-foot-2, 224-pound wideout returned to action on Tuesday. Williams has had a checkered summer to this point, as even before the injury, he missed six practices with a "disciplinary issue." If he can stay healthy and keep himself out of head coach Gus Malzahn's doghouse, he's one of the more talented receivers in the country.
Source: Al.com
Aug 18 - 8:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Auburn senior WR Duke Williams is "raw in several areas, but the natural tools are encouraging."

"Like Sammie Coates, who was a third rounder this past spring, he is raw in several areas, but the natural tools are encouraging. Lining up mostly inside in Auburn's offense, Williams is a good-sized target with long-striding speed to accelerate quickly into his routes, displaying hesitation with his footwork at the top of his patterns," Brugler writes. While the 6-foot-2, 224-pounder has the ideal size and physical gifts for the NFL, evaluators will continue to monitor if Williams is ready to be a professional at the next level. Williams is currently dealing with a discipline issue, and let's not forget, he was suspended for the Outback Bowl, after missing practices back in December.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 17 - 3:25 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams Saturday's scrimmage on a golf cart with a tweaked ankle.

Williams was later seen on crutches and his right foot in a boot. Head coach Gus Malzahn did not seem concerned, and when asked if Williams was injured he responded "I don't think so. You know, he's all right." As you know, Williams was kept out of practice for six days for a discipline issue. The 2015 season has not gotten off to a great start for the receiver.
Source: AL.com
Aug 16 - 8:56 AM

NFL scouts want to know if Auburn senior WR Duke Williams "can thrive as a go-to guy in 2015 as they try to determine whether he's a top-10 pick or a second-rounder with question marks," reports NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Reuter ranks him as the class' No. 6 overall senior prospect. We figure Williams will either end up higher or lower. That's because, as Reuter mentioned, he has elite talent and a laundry list of concerns. For one, Auburn HC Gus Malzahn seems to discipline him out of habit by now. Second, Williams has not been the most durable player on the college gridiron.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 15 - 6:48 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams returned to practice on Thursday.

We doubt this is the end of this vague story, but at least Williams is back to practicing. Head coach Gus Malzahn made the announcement and had plenty to say. "Obviously there is going to be some catching up to do," Malzahn started, adding Williams will begin camp at the bottom of the depth chart. The touted receiver was being held out for "disciplinary reasons."
Source: AL.com
Aug 13 - 6:58 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that there's "a lot of love in the scouting community" for Auburn senior WR Duke Williams because he "possesses awesome size/speed numbers."

That love doesn't extend to Pauline himself, who dismissed Duke with a third-round grade. "In my opinion he also comes with an incredibly consistent game and is more athlete than polished receiver to this point," he wrote. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams managed 45 receptions for 730 yards with five touchdowns in only 10 games last year.
Aug 11 - 7:34 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams remains suspended for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.

Williams has been out for three consecutive days of practice. Tigers coach Gus Malzahn wouldn't answer questions about Williams, saying, "I'll tell you when he gets back." Williams, who many grade as a first-round pick, is buried deep in Malzahn's doghouse right now. "That's not my responsibility," quarterback Jeremy Johnson said. "I'm just leaving that to him and Coach, but I feel really good about all the other receivers."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 10 - 10:51 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn told reporters senior WR Duke Williams is being held out for a "discipline issue."

"I will let you know when he's back," Malzahn stated. Williams missed his second straight practice on Saturday. Previously, Malzahn said Williams' absence was for "personal business," but it appears the staff or school was involved in the decision after all. Williams is Auburn's top receiver and shined in the slot last season. It is too early to know if he will or will not miss actual game action.
Aug 8 - 6:37 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams was not at practice on Thursday and the date for his return is unknown.

Williams is dealing with "personal business" and is considered day to day. It has been an odd offseason for Williams. After deciding to stay at Auburn he went on a Twitter rant, basically saying he was unhappy despite teammates and coaches praising him this spring. That tirade seemed to be taken care of soon after. Williams shined in the slot last year and was expected to be Auburn's "No. 1 receiver."
Source: AL.com
Aug 8 - 8:11 AM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams "possesses a rare combination of size, speed and physicality for a college wideout," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"With Sammie Coates gone at receiver and Jeremy Johnson stepping in at quarterback, Williams is about to become the clear No. 1 target in an offense that should be more productive in the passing game," Brown wrote. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams managed 45 receptions for 730 yards with five touchdowns in only 10 games last year, his first for the Tigers after transferring in from a JUCO. Brown grades him as the No. 48 overall player in the country.
Aug 7 - 3:48 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams "has a chance to be the most dominant weapon in the conference this fall," AL.com's Cole Cubelic notes.

The Auburn prospect only played in 10 games last season, but still managed to post 45 receptions for 730 yards with five touchdowns. Cubelic notes that the 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams "creates a physical mismatch with virtually every defensive back."
Source: Al.com
Jul 31 - 3:49 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams "has a great blend of size and physicality, to go along with enough speed to challenge defenses vertically," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams only played in 10 games last season, but he still managed to post 45 receptions for 730 yards with five touchdowns. Auburn lost Sammie Coates, but we don't see the WR unit regressing. Williams is joined by Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray. All three are big and fast.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 11:06 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said this is the best WRs corps of his 10-year coaching career and said the top three on the depth chart are all NFL prospects.

He's talking, of course, about seniors D'haquille Williams, Ricardo Louis and Melvin Ray. "The thing that probably stands out about this group is we've got three seniors that have a lot of experience coming back that have a chance to really lead our group and I think all three of the seniors we've got coming back will have a chance to play at the next level," Malzahn said. "I'm not for sure we've ever had that in the past." Tigers' receivers coach Dameyune Craig thinks new starting QB Jeremy Johnson will greatly aid his unit. "The receivers will prosper from Johnson's emergence as quarterback next year," Craig said in January. "I'm excited about it. The receivers are excited about it and I think the fans are excited about this new era in Auburn football."
Source: AL.com
Jul 22 - 8:35 PM