The wide receiver class for the 2017 NFL Draft officially has the guy most view as the best option available. Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams announced on Wednesday that he will forego his remaining eligibility and enter the draft.
Williams stands 6’3, 225 pounds, and is viewed as being as close to a total package as a team could want. He suffered a neck fracture in 2015, but he came back strong in 2016. Prior to his injury, he had 57 receptions for 1,030 yards and six touchdowns in 2014. In 2016, he had 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Williams is the top ranked receiver at ESPN and CBS Sports, and there seems to be a general consensus on it. Scouting reports raise some questions about polish on his routes, but in some ways it reads more like picking nits. No receiver is perfect coming out of college, be it on the field or off the field. Williams seems to bring a ton to the table.
The 49ers currently sit at the No. 2 pick, and have been tied to numerous players. Among others, we’ve seen mock drafts suggesting UNC QB Mitch Trubisky, Alabama DL Jonathan Allen or ILB Reuben Foster, and of course Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett in mocks where the Browns go QB at No. 1. But would Williams be in play? If not there, the 49ers could always end up moving down if someone else loves DeShaun Watson or another player and is willing to offer plenty in return. If the 49ers move down to the bottom of the top ten, maybe Williams comes into play.