Where will Mike Williams eventually settle on a list of active NFL receivers from Clemson?
Perhaps on top of it.
NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly, formerly general manager of the Washington Redskins, believes the potential first-round draft choice will a better pro than the Houston Texans’ DeAndre Hopkins.
“Watching the two of them coming out of college, off tape, to me, Williams has better separation, the ability to beat a defender one-on-one when he has to, inside and outside on cuts,” Casserly said on NFL Network’s Path to the Draft.
That’s saying a lot.
Hopkins’ resume includes a 111-catch, 1,521-yard season on it (2015) and he’s averaging north of 1,100 yards per year after four NFL seasons. Hopkins is the most accomplished among a deep group of NFL receivers from Clemson that includes Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant. Williams was a big draw Thursday at Clemson’s pro day, where he ran a pair of 40-yard dashes clocked in the 4.5’s. It was a solid time for a player of Williams’ size (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) and strength. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock called Williams “a first-round pick all day long,” at the pro day workout Thursday.
While Casserly prefers Williams over Hopkins, and projects him to be selected No. 10 overall by the Buffalo Bills, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some scouting concerns about him.
“A little disappointing to me was his 10 (yard split) time, only 1.65. Laquon Treadwell of the Minnesota Vikings had the same time, that’s scary,” Casserly said. “He hasn’t done shuttle drills. Why not? Maybe he doesn’t think he does them well, and his change of direction may not be quite what we think it is. (I) love him on tape, though.”
If he proves to be a better receiver than Hopkins in the NFL, whichever team picks him up in the draft will be thrilled.