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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 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

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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.
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.
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.
May 22 - 9:06 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams "has serious talent and just needs to put it all together," wrote'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.
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.
May 14 - 2:33 PM

Auburn senior WR Duke Williams checked in at No. 8 to the Rams on Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft.

"Williams established himself as a big-play threat in his first season at Auburn after transferring from junior college, averaging 16.2 yards per reception on 45 catches," he wrote. "He needs to improve his consistency, but has the physical tools (he's 6-2, 224 pounds) to be a very good NFL receiver." Rotoworld's Josh Norris does not slot him into Round 1 at this time. If Duke proves he is Kevin White-like royalty by dominating in 2015, he's going to similarly be a top-10 pick. If he shows Sammie Coates-like flashes with long disappearing acts, he'll likewise go at some point on Day 2.
May 9 - 8:51 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks Auburn senior WR Duke Williams as the No. 6 senior prospect in the country.

Duke showed "terrific strength and hand-eye coordination" during his coming out party in 2014. The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder was on the Kevin White trajectory before he sprained an MCL, and he was suspended for a violation of team rules before he could finish on a strong note. All of which forced his return to school, where it's entirely possible he could work his way to around White's 2015 slot.
Source: CBS Sports
May 9 - 7:14 PM's Chad Reuter believes Auburn senior WR Duke Williams could be a top-10 pick if he has a big season.

"His ability to put the passing game on his shoulders as a senior will be the difference between Williams being a top-10 pick and a second-rounder with question marks," Reuter wrote. Williams was compared by NFL scouts to Chicago's Alshon Jeffery and Tampa Bay's Mike Evans last season. The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder had first-round buzz last year but sprained an MCL and was then suspended for breaking team rules. He's one of the nation's most intriguing outside talents.
May 8 - 7:43 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn told reporters junior WR Duke Williams will return to school for the 2015 season.

Williams, however, will not play in the school's bowl game after violating team rules. He is at the bowl, and Malzhan said his presence is due to his return next season. Williams dominated in the slot this season after transferring from JUCO. Expect even more next season, perhaps more time on the outside.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 11:10:00 AM

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn remained noncommittal regarding junior WR Duke Williams' status for the school's bowl game against Wisconsin.

Williams missed three games with a sprained MCL and bruised knee but returned against Alabama. He has dominated form the slot on underneath routes, which is a great complementary piece to Sammie Coates' vertical ability Coates has already announced he will enter the draft, and Williams could follow suit.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 11:44:00 AM