Ideal Role: Developmental outside corner
Scheme Fit: Zone, press
Written by Joe Marino
Games watched: Wingate (2021), Lincoln (2021), Johnson C Smith (2021)
Best Game Studied: Johnson C Smith (2021)
Worst Game Studied: Lincoln (2021)
Man Coverage Skills: Williams swallowed up receivers in man coverage at the DII level. His ability to cap routes right away took them off the menu for the quarterback. He showcased natural pattern-matching skills and had no issues staying in phase against his level of competition.
Zone Coverage Skills: Williams played mostly man from my exposures but there were some instances of zone. His movement skills and length are major assets for how he can impact coverage spacing and throwing windows. He projects well to zone coverage in the NFL but it will be an adjustment.
Ball Skills: See Above.
Tackling: Williams is an assertive tackler with a large radius. He was more than willing to trigger and fit the run in college. He has good click-and-close ability.
Versatility: Williams’ skill set offers coverage versatility. He has the makings of a press-man corner but he’s also sound in off-man with the ability to function in zone. He’s appealing in a variety of coverage techniques and he plays the run.
Competitive Toughness: Williams was the best player on the field in every game he played in college and he didn’t take it for granted. He is assertive in being physical at the line of scrimmage and tackling. He can be a touch passive in pursuit but it’s a minor gripe.
Functional Athleticism: Williams has terrific speed once he opens his stride. He has good change of direction skills and the ability to transition. He was the best athlete on the field in every game he played in college.
Football IQ: Williams showcased good route-anticipation skills, awareness of the football, and trust in his technique in college. That said, new challenges are coming his way and he’ll need to acclimate. I found no issues with processing and reactionary ability from my exposures.
Run Defending: Williams is the type of corner that is more than willing to trigger downhill and make plays against the run. There were a few instances where he took on blocks with the wrong leverage and he can improve his ability to play off contact. Zone defenses can trust him to be involved against the run.
Length: See Above.
TDN Consensus: 75.00/100 (Third Round Value)
Crabbs Grade: 75.00/100
Marino Grade: 75.00/100
Harris Grade: 73.00/100
Weissman Grade: 77.00