2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Terrance Williams

  • Reliable hands
  • Deceptive speed
  • Can make tough, contested receptions
  • Good route-runner
  • Enough quickness to get separation
  • Nice run after the catch ability
  • Scheme versatility
  • Quality athlete
  • Red-zone weapon
  • Durable
  • Experienced
  • Polished, well-rounded receiver
  • Adept at finding soft spots in zone

  • Weaknesses:
  • Lacks great speed
  • Not overly big or fast
  • Not very physical with defensive backs
  • Run blocking?

  • Summary: The Baylor Bears have featured one of the best offenses in college football the past few seasons and Williams was the common thread. He was one of the most productive receivers in college football and dominated the Big XII in 2012. Williams enters the NFL having been a 3-year contributor.

    Baylor was led by Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III in 2011, and he produced insane yards and points via Williams and Kendall Wright. Williams was the No. 2 receiver behind Wright, but still caught 59 passes for 957 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had 43 catches for 484 yards and four touchdowns in 2010.

    Williams resoundingly proved this year he could produce without Griffin at quarterback. The senior was the No. 1 receiver for Nick Florence and led the nation in receiving yards. Williams produced 1,832 yards on 97 receptions with 12 touchdowns. He set Big XII records with 17 receptions for 314 yards and two touchdowns against West Virginia.

    Williams made a lot of tough catches in the short to intermediate part of the field while also making long catches downfield. His deep speed was impressive, and he picked up a lot of yards after the catch.

    At the Senior Bowl, Williams measured in just under 6-foot-1 and 7/8, just below 6-foot-2. He had a quiet performance in Mobile and didn’t look as good as he did during his senior season. Williams wasn’t getting consistent separation against the higher quality defensive backs.

    Williams has decent mix of size and speed, but that speed is more of the straight-line variety. He has reliable hands and is a quality route-runner. Williams will probably function best as a No. 2 receiver in the NFL since he doesn’t have the elite speed or size to be a No. 1. Williams could be a productive pro receiver in a passing offense with some good coaching.

    Player Comparison: Mike Williams. The Buccaneers found out that Williams isn’t a No. 1 receiver in the NFL, but he is very good as a No. 2. Terrance Williams could fall into that category. Both players have some speed, but aren’t burners. They also have some size, but don’t beat cornerbacks solely on size. Terrance Williams will probably go on the second day, while Mike Williams fell to the fourth round because of character concerns.

    NFL Matches: New York Jets, Miami, St. Louis, Minnesota, Washington, New England, San Francisco The Jets could consider a wide receiver because they really need to upgrade the talent on their offense. New York seems most likely to target a receiver on the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft or in the mid-rounds.

    The Dolphins have the worst receiving corps in the NFL and have to acquire multiple upgrades this offseason. Using a second-round pick on Williams would make a lot of sense. The Rams may also continue their pursuit of receiving weapons for Sam Bradford and could grab Williams if he’s the best player on the board.

    Minnesota needs a true No. 1 receiver to work with Christian Ponder. A big receiver who can make tough catches in traffic would be a good aide to the young signal-caller. If the Vikings target another position in the first round, Williams would be a good value in the second round.

    The Redskins have more pressing needs than receiver, but if Williams is available to them in the second round, it would be awfully tempting to reunite Williams with Robert Griffin III.

    New England could target a receiver. The team needs some young talent at the position, and if Williams falls, the Patriots would be a nice fit for him. The 49ers have tried a number of veteran receivers, but could use more long-term starting caliber wide outs. Williams would make sense to either team in the second round.


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