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2017 Draft Profile: WR Mike Williams


Leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft, we'll take a closer look at 16 players mocked to the Ravens at pick No. 16.

WR Mike Williams

Size:6-foot-4, 218 pounds

2016 stats:98 catches, 1,361 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns

Career stats:177 catches, 2,727 receiving yards, 21 touchdowns

Combine stats:4.49-second 40-yard dash (pro day), 32.5-inch vertical jump, 121-inch broad jump, 15 bench press reps

Background: After missing nearly the entire 2015 season with a neck injury, Williams returned to have a monster year en route to Clemson winning the national title. Williams was the top target for Heisman Trophy runner-up Deshaun Watson, and has a knack for making tough, contested catches. Even though the Ravens took Breshad Perriman in the first round of the 2015 draft, General Manager Ozzie Newsome said he wouldn't hesitate to draft a first-round receiver if he is the best player on the board.

Strengths: "Prototypical height, weight, speed prospect. Fills out the uniform as well as any receiver in college football. Sells vertical push to create an early hip turn from backpedaling cornerbacks. Uses hands to create late separation on vertical throws. Long arms and big hands can go get throws at their highest point, snatching 50/50 balls away from his in-air competitors. Ball tracking is impeccable. Able to track it inside, outside or over his shoulder. Hands catcher who plucks it away from his body. Has body control to dig out the low balls and contort to grab throws Deshaun Watson leaves behind him. Concentration ramps up when routes take him between the hashes. Works middle of the field with no reservations about what is lingering. Has been asked to work all three levels of the field at Clemson. Can make cornerbacks miss after the catch and extend his play. Needs more commitment as a run blocker but has frame and strength to make a difference as a blocker." – Lance Zierlein,

Weaknesses:"Lacks elite long-speed or the separation quickness to easily create spacing at the top of routes. Needs to sharpen his footwork in/out of his breaks to better hide his patterns -- NFL corners will pick up on his route tells. Will have the occasional focus drop through his hands. Room to improve his efficiency from receiver to ball carrier. Will brace for contact and needs to show more power to finish with the ball in his hands. Uses his length and power to fight off press, but needs to improve his jam technique. Several fumbles on his film, fighting for extra yardage without protecting the ball. Medicals need examined after missing almost the entire 2015 season with a fractured bone in his neck (Sept. 2015)." – Dane Brugler, CBS Sports



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