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Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams "looked good in pass catching drills" at Monday's pro day, wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"While I don't consider Williams a first-round selection, a number of teams disagree," Pauline wrote. "Last night, I was informed every team between picks 26 through 32, except for the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, will consider selecting Williams late in Round 1." It's not a terribly surprising report, as most think Williams is going to go late in Round 1 or early in Round 2, but it's fun to guess who might pull the trigger. Teams in the range Pauline is discussing include the Ravens, Broncos, Packers, and Seahawks.
Mar 3 - 10:50 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt was impressed with Minnesota free safety Cedric Thompson's pro day workout.

"Thompson had a good pro day workout, and looks like a possible late-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft or priority free-agent pickup for an NFL team following the draft," Brandt wrote. The 5-foot-11 1/2, 211-pounder ran 4.50 and 4.48 second 40-yard dashes. Thompson added a 40 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-2 broad jump, a 4.28-second 20-yard short shuttle and a 6.96-second three-cone drill. He hoisted up 21 reps on the bench press.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 7:59 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt passed along from Minnesota's Monday pro day that Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams had an impressive workout.

Williams, who measured 6-foot-4 and 249 pounds at the combine, stood on his testing numbers from Indy. Seeing as though he ranked amongst the tight end leaders in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and 20-yard short shuttle, that wasn't a surprise. "Williams did, however, go through positional drills and looked good doing so," Brandt wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 2 - 6:53 PM

Minnesota RB David Cobb will not participate in the school's pro day on Monday due to the quad injury he suffered at the Combine.

"As I understand the situation, he will have an individual workout sometime in early April," Cobb's father wrote. The running back pulled the muscle during his first forty and hobbled to the end of a 4.81 time.
Mar 2 - 9:34 AM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that if Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams is at the "bottom of the first round it's an overreach."

"I would not put him in the category of an athlete like Jimmy Graham or someone like that," the scout said. "You're not talking about a dominating type player. Need at the position and lack of players there could move him up to the top of the second (round)." Williams, who measured in to Indy at 6-foot-4 and 249 pounds, ran an official 4.77 seconds in the forty-yard dash. He fared better in other drills, clocking an impressive 4.37 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and a 34.5-inch vertical jump.
Mar 1 - 7:53 PM

An NFC regional scout said members of his team were "a little turned off" by Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams.

"That Minnesota tight end came across as all about himself from what people in our room said. They were a little turned off by him," the scout said. Of course, one could choose to perceive this news positively, as Williams' on-field confidence is one reason that he's considered a borderline first-rounder. "While we weren't in the rooms during interviews, we understand that there is a fine line between arrogance and confidence," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein. "However, almost every team would rather default to a player with ego over a player lacking confidence. We contacted one general manager to get his take and he had no problems with his interview with Williams, but he didn't think Williams' workout went as well as he expected." Williams, who measured in to Indy at 6-foot-4 and 249 pounds, ran an official 4.77 seconds in the forty-yard dash. He fared better in other drills, clocking an impressive 4.37 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and a 3
Source: NFL.com
Feb 25 - 9:09 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock grades Minnesota TE Maxx Williams as a second-round pick.

"He is the only tight end I have in the first two rounds," Mayock, who ranks Miami's Clive Walford No. 2 amongst tight ends, said. Williams, who measured in to Indy at 6-foot-4 and 249 pounds, ran an official 4.77 seconds in the forty-yard dash. He fared better in other drills, clocking an impressive 4.37 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and a 34.5-inch vertical jump. Mayock said Williams is athletic, but not explosive, and has "really good hands."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 5:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler doesn't think Minnesota TE Maxx Williams' 40-yard dash time should affect his draft grade.

Williams clocked unofficial 4.77 and 4.90 times in the 40-yard dash Friday, and posted an official 4.78 seconds. "But while not a speed demon, Williams is a darn good football player who was first round worthy yesterday, he is first round worthy today and he will be first round worthy in April," Brugler wrote. "A 40-yard dash doesn't change that, especially because his game isn't predicated on speed. Will Williams hear his name called in the top 32 picks? Maybe. But if not, it won't be because of a straight-line speed test." The analyst added that Williams "showed off his soft hands in the gauntlet drill and other receiving tests in Indianapolis, using his natural adjustment skills and focus to easily secure grabs."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 20 - 10:17 PM

Minnesota TE Maxx Williams said his biggest weakness is a lack of strength.

"Being only 20 years old I know my body isn't fully developed to what it could be," said Williams. "But I feel like my biggest weakness could turn into one of my strengths as I get to 21, 22, and get the experience in the weight room developing my body. I think the sky is the limit -- I think I could play at 250, 255, 260, however my body develops." Williams isn't having the best week so far. Though he was lauded for his interviews, he measured in at 6-foot-4 and 249 pounds and then ran an official 4.78 seconds in the forty-yard dash.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 7:38 PM

Minnesota TE Maxx Williams ran an official 4.78 seconds in the forty-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Williams, who measured in to Indy at 6-foot-4 and 249 pounds, has to be disappointed in this showing. He also had an acceptable (but not inspiring) broad jump of nine feet, nine inches. Because the TE class is so poor, Williams is still the top prospect and could possibly hear his name called at the end of Round 1. After this showing, however, Williams might be ticketed for Round 2.
Feb 20 - 2:35 PM

Minnesota TE Maxx Williams measured in at 6'4" and 249 lbs at the NFL Combine.

Williams checks the boxes here in terms of fitting size measurables. He doesn't fit the 6'6" height of Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham, but based on his play Williams can definitely win inline. Williams also has 33 1/2" arms and 10 3/8" hands.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 10:24 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams compares his skill-set to Dallas Cowboys' TE Jason Witten.

"Williams compares himself to Jason Witten, which is my exact comparison for him. A lot of similarities," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Williams has been viewed as the No. 1 TE across evaluators' boards. The Minnesota prospect is seen as a move tight end at the next level, and has the ability to create mismatches for linebackers and safeties in the passing game. Williams could potentially hear his name called in the back end of the first round.
Feb 18 - 4:01 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline speculates that a rich group of free agent running backs combined with a deep RB class could push some deserving runners down the board in April.

"On paper this looks to be one of the best running back draft’s in a long time but will the ball carriers slip through the cracks come late April?" Pauline wrote. "A number of people tell me the rich crop of veteran backs available in free agency next month, many who won’t command high salaries, could result in a few of the 2nd/3rd/4th round backs sliding deeper into the draft than many suspect." Who could be affected? A group including David Cobb (Minnesota), Jeremy Langford (Michigan St.) and Javorius "Buck" Allen (USC), amongst others.
Feb 17 - 8:03 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams has the "straight-line wheels to beat linebackers and safeties."

"Accelerates to top speed quickly on crossers and speed outs," Zierlein wrote. "Speed to chew up cushion and open a throwing window over the top. Will threaten seam and dominated defenders on wheel routes. Red-zone winner. Can do damage after the catch and shows playmaking aptitude with tight end screens. Extends and goes all out for the catch. Got a foot inbounds on three circus catches." The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Williams is Mel Kiper's No. 1 TE, and colleague Todd McShay's No. 20 overall prospect. McShay believes Williams "bears some similarities to Greg Olsen." Williams has also been compared to Jason Witten and Kyle Rudolph.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 3 - 7:05 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams is Mel Kiper's No. 1 TE.

"He has good size, doesn't shy from contact and creates yardage after the catch -- he can really motor with the ball in his hands even at 6-foot-4 and 250-plus pounds," Kiper wrote. The analyst ranks Williams as the No. 23 overall prospect in the class. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Williams is colleague Todd McShay's No. 20 rated prospect. McShay believes Williams "bears some similarities to Greg Olsen." Williams has also been compared to Jason Witten and Kyle Rudolph.
Feb 1 - 5:21 PM


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