15 DAYS UNTIL THE DRAFT...
Some people use the "but he went to a small school" argument from time to time. Sometimes it is a legitimate argument and other times it has no bearing. In Stephen Williams case, it has no bearing. When a player dominates (and not just statistically) the way Williams did while at Toledo, then a case can be tossed out the window for the ever so famous "small school argument".
Williams started for three years while at Toledo and made a difference in nearly every single game he played in that time span. He had a better sophomore year than any of the years he played but his senior year wasn't to far of a drop off from that production. It's not exactly very easy to get 1000+ yards as a wide receiver at the college level and not many players are able to do it. The majority of receivers at the college football level stay under that mark and Williams was able to accomplish that twice.
Some people have drawn the comparison to Randy Moss because of the size and attributes. While I can see the resemblance physically, it's difficult to say whether or not he will be that good in the NFL. I will say that he plays the game with grit and absolutely zero fear. He will go ten feet in the air to pluck a ball out of the sky not caring where, when, and how he lands. He was definitely a rocket for the Rockets. I find myself intrigued with the potential that this kid is bringing to the table. He will be a very interesting player to follow at the next level should he make someone's team.
Below we'll look at Williams' stats, highlights and projection.
When you watch this video, you will see that Williams is gifted. He plays the game with no fear and no regret. The way he goes after the ball is easily a virtue that a coach at any level can appreciate.
|2009 Regular Season Game Log||Receiving||Rushing||Fumbles|
|9/19||Ohio State||L 38-0||3||30||10.0||17||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
|10/3||@Ball State||W 37-30||10||231||23.1||56||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
|10/10||Western Michigan||L 58-26||6||59||9.8||18||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
|10/17||Northern Illinois||W 20-19||3||50||16.7||29||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
|10/31||@Miami (OH)||L 31-24||9||137||15.2||39||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
|11/11||@Central Michigan||L 56-28||6||54||9.0||14||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
|11/20||Eastern Michigan||W 47-21||5||45||9.0||15||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
|11/27||@Bowling Green||L 38-24||8||82||10.3||20||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0|
SUMMARY AND PROJECTION:
I truly believe that Williams will be way under drafted. He is going to go in the later rounds largely due to his junior year performance. His height is going to be very appealing in the later rounds. His speed is average and adequate for the NFL but I think that his route running needs a bit of work once he is a pro. His hands are exceptional and he is a big time threat in the red zone. How would you like to be able to throw the fade route to a guy who is 6'5", sure-handed, and can jump extremely high? Williams participated in the Combine and was a top-performer in three events, however, alot of what he can do, did not show up on the combine stat sheets. He measured at almost 6'5" at the combine and weighed 210 LBS.
Possibilities -- 7th Round: Picks 208-255, UDFA.
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