Showcases good fluidity in the hips as a route runner, can cleanly open up out of his breaks and generate a burst for himself vs. man coverage on sharply breaking routes. At times gets a bit sloppy out of his breaks and will drift into his routes. Lacks great consistent body control as a route runner, will lose balance and not create as much separation as he's capable of at times. But is a good linear route runner where he can get up to speed quickly and simply try to run away from linebackers toward daylight and make plays down the seam.
Now, can block with natural leverage off the snap, does a nice job quickly getting his feet around and can seal bigger defenders from the play, but isn't going to drive NFL defensive linemen off the ball. Showcases some toughness and grit through the play and works hard to stay on blocks. However, isn't natural when asked to pull in the open field, struggles to consistently break down on contact and too often will whiff on defenders he's asked to lead. Does a much better job simply reaching defenders off his frame or releasing into the second level in the run game, where he does a much better job dropping his pad level and creating a slight surge on contact. Looks comfortable in blitz pick up, plays calmer, understands angles and can sit into his stance and move his feet through contact.
Impression: A good athlete who is a natural receiver, runs well, adjusts to the football and can pluck the throw. Lacks the size to be an ideal "on the line Y", but as a move tight end/ H-back option he will certainly be able to find a niche and add another element to an NFL offense."
Hands: Reliable hands. Can extend outside of his frame and pluck the ball out of the air. Protects the ball by allowing it into his chest when in traffic. Can take a hit and hang on. Good, not great leaping ability and can be pushed aside in jump-ball situations. Can track the ball over either shoulder.
Route Running: Possesses good straight-line speed to force defenders on their heels, and has the balance and burst to create separation as a route-runner. Good, sharp cuts laterally. Sells his route with fakes and good body lean.
After the Catch: At least moderate straight-line speed to run away from linebackers. Agile enough laterally to make defenders lunge, but isn't truly elusive as he has only moderate balance and too often is tripped up. Sets up and uses his blocks to gain maximum yardage. Runs hard. Keeps his legs churning to fight for extra yardage.
Blocking: Very good effort, but simply lacks the bulk or strength to compete as an inline blocker. Pesky. Keeps at his assignment and forces the defender to make the play while fighting him off. Works hard downfield to keep himself between his assignment and the ballcarrier, but is too easily pushed aside by defensive linemen and linebackers.
Intangibles: Characterized as a team leader and a "great guy" by coach Bobby Petrino. The recipient of the 2010 Disney Spirit Award given annually by Disney Sports to college football's most inspirational figure for his emergence as a star student athlete and crusader for domestic abuse awareness. Suffered through a tough childhood in which his biological father often abused him, his mother and two sisters. His father is now serving concurrent sentences of 25 and 27 years at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas for a number of charges, including attempted murder."
Williams is a high character guy who was given the 2010 Disney Spirit award for being the NCAA’s most inspirational student-athlete.
Williams is quite athletic, and he does a nice job finding space and making plays in the passing game. He has soft hands, and he doesn’t let defenders bat the ball out of his hands easily as well. He has been quite productive in his few seasons with the Razorbacks, and has been one of the top targets for Arkansas. Williams does a nice job catching the ball at its highest point and is very physical over the middle. He can make plays after the catch with his size and speed.
Williams tends to round off his routes at times, and he will need to learn to cut in and out quicker and crisper. While he can make plays after the catch, he’s not extremely fast, nor is he quick. He lacks the acceleration to be a big time downfield threat, and could struggle with some higher thrown passes due to being just 6’2. He is an adequate, but not great blocker in rush situations.
Williams seems to be a perfect candidate to be drafted in the late second to early third round. He will be coveted by teams because of his athletic ability and excellent character. Look for San Diego, Carolina, Denver, Arizona and St. Louis to grab him in the early third round at the very latest.
NFL Comparison: Marcedes Lewis "
Positive: Athletic pass-catching college tight end who lacks great measurables for the next level. Displays terrific focus and concentration, constantly finds the open space in the defense, and works hard to become an available target. Consistently extends his hands and makes the reception away from his frame. Keeps the play inbounds running after the catch to pick up positive yardage. Easily makes the reception in stride and adjusts to errant throws. Displays a burst of speed. Blocks with good lean, gets his hands into defenders, and gives effort. Flashes ability as a position blocker.
Negative: Lacks the size and strength to finish blocks. Lacks the height teams want in a starting tight end at the next level.
Analysis: Williams was a productive college tight end and is a high character prospect who is well thought of in scouting circles. Despite his lack of height, he possesses the physical skills to play at the next level and would be very good in a system that uses him as a move tight end or at the H-back position."
Negatives: Lacks any real suddenness... Struggles to create separation... Doesn't hit top speed quickly... Rounds off his routes... Can be slow and tight out of his breaks... Lacks elusiveness in open field... Adequate second level blocker... A little awkward looking in space... Doesn't break down consistently well and will miss some moving targets... A few inches shorter than ideal."
Weaknesses: Height is a big question and bulk somewhat when considering TE as a run blocker - he may need to play H-back or even WR. While he has excellent overall speed for a TE, he does not have extra gear to get over the top of defenses and stretch the deep seam. He also lacks the elite burst out of his breaks to get separation on consistent basis.
Projection: 3rd round. Could move up or down depending on how/where a team will use him."
Although he does not have great size, Williams stands at 6'2'' and 245 pounds and has good strength. He does not have ideal breakaway or straightaway speed, but he has been clocked as fast as 4.52 in the 40-yard dash and is deceptively quick. Williams has soft hands and is dangerous with the ball in his hands after the catch thanks to his ability to break tackles. He is a solid run-blocker to boot, and NFL teams will love that aspect of his game.
Williams is also as rock-solid as they come off the field. He won the 2010 Disney Spirit Award as the most inspirational player in college football, in part because he overcame a tough childhood that involved an abusive father. Williams is also active in community service. Based on both his talent and his leadership skills, Williams could come off the board as early as the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft."
DJ Williams looks like a guy who's going to forge a nice career for himself. MIND you: He's a weak lead Blocker, which punches an hole in the middle of his credentials as a potential Wing Back. Wing Backs need to be able to Seal the Edge, and you do not want to run behind this man. But he does work well with others, and gives a good effort down field on the second level. But he's simply not strong enough or big enough to be a Wing Back.
As a Wing End, however ~ my term for a Wing Back who's main job is to catch the ball ~ he has tremendous potential. He's not the crispest Navigator, but he commands exceptional Burst, Liquidity, and Speed. And that combination makes him very dangerous, indeed.
Wing Ends ~ Tight Ends who can stretch the Defense, Work the Field, are tough as hell to bring down, and can toss in a decent block or two ~ are starting to change the face of the game. And a team that has one or two of the best of them in their arsenal will seize an exceptional advantage.
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