Williams helped his cause by having a great combine. He was the top performer for his position in four categories: A 4.78 second 40-yard days, 34.5 inch broad jump, 117.0 inch broad jump, and a 4.37 20-yard shuttle. In addition, he completed 17 reps at the bench press and ran a 12.31 second 60-yard shuttle. His major strength lies in his ability to get moving fast to beat linebackers and safeties. He can accelerate to a top speed very rapidly, particularly on crosses and speed outs. He is also a proven winner in red zone, which is exactly what the Ravens are looking for. Williams is also able to do some damage after making a catch, and he shows some real playmaking aptitude with his screens. He also converts well, with 82% of his catches going for either a first down or touchdown. He also shows some great effort on the field and is willing to work hard.
At 6’4” and 249 pounds, Williams is a bit soft at this time for the pro level. He needs to build up some additional weight and muscle in order to withstand the hits that are sure to come in the NFL. He also tends to run upright, and his rounded routes are way too routine and easily read by the defense. It has also been noted that he leans into breaks, which only serves to further tip his hand and results in tighter coverage coming his way. In the end, Williams appears a bit cocky for a sophomore coming out early and having not proven himself at the pro level. Some teams apparently passed on him for this reason. He will need to respond well to coaching and demonstrate respect for the veterans on the Ravens roster, or it could be a rocky start for the tight end. If can do this effectively, however, he certainly has the makings to become a favorite target of Flaco’s and the Ravens offense could get revitalized sooner rather than later.
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