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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

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb debuted on Mel Kiper's RB rankings at No. 8.

Cobb finds himself sandwiched between Jeremy Langford (Michigan St.) and Javorius "Buck" Allen (USC). The 5-foot-11, 229-pounder had 1,626 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season. Cobb, a mid-round prospect, has a well-rounded skill set to contribute in the NFL early on. Rotoworld is as high on him as anyone.
Feb 1 - 2:24 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb is "a one-speed ball carrier with a minimal burst but his versatility to perform multiple tasks at the running back spot is impressive," wrote TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"His vision, instincts and ability to immediately find the running lanes were impressive as was Cobb's pass-catching out of the backfield [at the Senior Bowl]," wrote Pauline. The 5-foot-11, 229-pounder had 1,626 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season. His 2,893 career rushing yards rank seventh all-time in program history, and his 562 rushing attempts also rank No. 7. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last month that Cobb "could go overlooked" during the draft but is a "reliable and well-rounded back" set to go in the mid-rounds.
Jan 29 - 9:18 PM

Minnesota redshirt sophomore TE Maxx Williams made his debut on Mel Kiper's Big Board at No. 23.

"A very good athlete, Williams can accelerate out of his breaks with a lot more quickness than you would think for a guy playing at 250-plus pounds, and when you factor in a wide catch radius, soft hands and a long frame, he just becomes really hard to keep covered," Kiper wrote. "Linebackers don't stand much of a chance, and Williams is too big for others to handle physically. Now the top tight end on the board." 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.
Jan 28 - 7:39 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb "is a physical, one-cut running back known for his punishing between-the-tackles style," wrote The Guardian's Matt Rybaltowski.

"The former Minnesota back excelled in short- and long-yard situations [at the Senior Bowl], as well as out of the backfield," Rybaltowski wrote. "If others such as Todd Gurley of Georgia and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin are already taken, Cobb might not be a bad alternative." The 5-foot-11, 229-pound Cobb is a Rotoworld favorite because he breaks tackles, falls forward, and won't hurt you in any aspect of the game. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last month that Cobb "could go overlooked" during the draft but is a "reliable and well-rounded back" set to go in the mid-rounds.
Jan 27 - 5:28 PM

Minnesota senior RB David Cobb ran for 69 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries at the Senior Bowl.

Cobb pounded in a four-yard touchdown scamper late in the third quarter. The 5-foot-11, 229-pounder had 1,626 yards and 13 touchdowns during the regular season, breaking Laurence Maroney's single-season school rushing record of 1,464 yards. Cobb, a mid-round prospect, has a well-rounded skill set to contribute in the NFL early on.
Jan 26 - 9:10 PM


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