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D'haquille Williams | Wide Receiver

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

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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." Jul 31 - 3:49 PM
Source: Al.com

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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

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams was not one of the 48 wide receivers named to the preseason Biletnikoff Award watch list on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams has been seen as one of the best wideouts in the country, coming into the 2015 season. The Auburn wideout was already named to the Maxwell Award watch list, which is given to the Player of the Year in college football. However, Williams can still be added to the list throughout the season and could end up being a finalist for the award. Williams finished the 2014 season, with 45 receptions for 730 yards with five touchdowns.
Source: AL.com
Jul 16 - 3:07 PM

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper ranks Auburn senior WR Duke Williams as the No. 1 senior receiving prospect in the country for the 2016 NFL draft.

The key word there is "senior," as studs like Laquon Treadwell and Tyler Boyd are on the underclassmen list. Still, this is a great honor for Duke, who edged out such prospects as Josh Doctson, Nelson Spruce and Leonte Carroo. "Not nearly as raw a route runner as you might expect in his first SEC season coming out of junior college, Williams was moved around and was able to win with strong hands and a big frame he uses to keep defenders away from the ball," Kiper wrote. "If he cleans up the drops, there's first-round potential."
Jul 7 - 4:12 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams only dropped two catchable targets last season, according to PFF.

PFF credited Williams with 44 catches (it is 45 in other places), giving him a drop rate of just 4.35. We could not say the same for his former teammate Sammie Coates. It is worth noting that almost every charting service sides with the wide receiver, but good drop rates tend to stay in the good to average range. The JUCO transfer was frequently used in the slot on short and intermediate routes.
Jul 3 - 1:07 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein ranks Auburn senior WR Duke Williams as his No.2 wideout to watch in College Football.

"It's hard to find a tougher, more physical receiver in college football than Williams. Williams is a big, thick target who plays with elite focus and determination when working the middle of the field and he maxes out his catch radius with well-timed ball-plucking skills," Zierlein wrote. With new QB, Jeremy Johnson, distributing the ball from the pocket, Williams could be more productive especially on intermediate routes over the middle of the field.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 24 - 3:50 PM

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Auburn senior WR Duke Williams as his No.1 ranked senior wideout.

"Not nearly as raw a route runner as you might expect in his first SEC season coming out of junior college, Williams was moved around and was able to win with strong hands and a big frame he uses to keep defenders away from the ball. If he cleans up the drops, there's first-round potential," Kiper wrote. The Auburn prospect only played in 10 games last season, recording 45 receptions for 730 yards with five touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams was a play maker for the Tigers in 2015, averaging 16.2 yards a catch. If Williams plans to go in the first round of the draft, he'll have to play consistent and polish up his game.
Jun 24 - 2:24 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter notes that NFL teams "will be watching to see if [Auburn senior WR Duke Williams] can put the passing game on his shoulders as they try to determine whether he's a top-10 pick or a second-rounder with question marks."

It seems as though the analyst leans towards the former, as he ranks Williams amongst the top-20 draft prospects heading into the year. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams had 45 receptions for 730 yards (16 yards per catch) with five touchdowns in only 10 games last year (a sprained MCL and a suspension stole the other games). NFL Media compares Williams to Dez Bryant.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 13 - 2:49 PM

Auburn junior WR Duke Williams "flashed stardom and first-round NFL potential [last season] with a 6-foot-2, 224-pound frame, physicality and great ball skills," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Williams wisely returned for his senior season, as he now has a chance to become a bit more consistent and further refine a raw game, with a better thrower at quarterback in Jeremy Johnson," wrote Brown. "Drops hurt him last year, but he still caught 45 passes for 730 yards and dive touchdowns, despite missing three of the final four games because of an injury and then a bowl suspension." The Tigers turn to Williams whenever they need a big play or must convert a third down. If he irons out the kinks, he'll be a No. 1 NFL receiver very soon.
Jun 12 - 5:56 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff believes Auburn junior WR Duke Williams is the best receiver in the SEC.

"Williams can rip your heart out from over the middle of the field or blaze by you with his speed. If not for an MCL injury last year, Williams’ numbers would have been much better," Aschoff wrote. In only 10 games last year, Williams put up 45 receptions for 730 yards with five touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams was a big play option for the Tigers in 2015, averaging 16.2 yards a catch. Williams was also a reliable chain mover for Auburn with 17 of his 45 receptions coming on third down.
Source: ESPN
Jun 8 - 2:33 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams is the No. 3 receiver in the country, according to Walter Football.

"Williams is a raw receiver, as one could expect given his lack of experience. He needs to improve his route-running and hands," reads his scouting report. "Williams dropped some passes deep downfield that could have gone for big plays." Duke had 45 receptions for 730 yards (16 yards per catch) with five touchdowns in only 10 games last year. The 6-foot-2, 224-pounder is graded currently as a Rds. 1-2 prospect.
May 23 - 4:37 PM

NFL Media compares Auburn senior WR Duke Williams to Dez Bryant.

"The Cowboys star is the best in the business at using his body to shield the ball from his defender, and that's what made Williams Auburn's most reliable receiver -- even more so than third-round draft pick Sammie Coates," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "Williams (6-2, 224) is primed for a huge season as the No. 1 target for new quarterback Jeremy Johnson." Williams is just about the same dimensions as the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Bryant. Is he as good a prospect? Not yet. Williams hasn't yet shown Bryant's ball skills. We hope to see a progression in that area this fall.
Source: NFL.com
May 22 - 9:06 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams "has serious talent and just needs to put it all together," wrote Scout.com's Jamie Newberg.

The site ranks Duke as the No. 21 preseason draft prospect overall and the No. 2 receiver. "He just needs to play with more consistency and dropped too many easy ball. It's a concentration issue," Newberg wrote. "Other than that, Williams has everything - size, speed and athleticism." The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams led the Tigers with 45 catches for 730 yards and five touchdowns last season in only 10 games played.
Source: Scout.com
May 18 - 11:30 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper has Auburn senior WR Duke Williams as his No. 17 overall prospect on his 2016 big board.

The 6-foot-2, 224-pound Williams led the Tigers with 45 catches for 730 yards and five touchdowns last season in just 10 games. The Auburn prospect has a chance to put up big numbers this season as Auburn's go-to-guy. Our own Josh Norris believes Williams will have to have a dominant season in order to go in round 1.
Source: Al.com
May 14 - 2:33 PM