NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
Today, I look at another prospect that the Patriots have shown interest in and that Bill Belichick worked out personally. Obviously coming from a small school out west, I had not heard of Tyrell Williams until the article that linked him to the Patriots came out. After doing some research though, you can see why there would be interest from the Patriots. Here is what I saw from Williams.
Name: Tyrell Williams
School: Western Oregon (Sr.)
Weight: 204 Lbs.
Pro Day Results:
4.38-40 yard dash
39.5″ Vertical Jump
107″ Broad Jump
The first thing that jumps off the page are his impressive measurables, both physically and athletically. Not only did Williams have a very good 40 time, his 3 cone time would have been the best at this year’s combine. When you add in that he is almost 6’4″ tall, that makes for an impressive combination. The nice thing is, you see those impressive traits on the field as well. Williams is a glider with effortless long strides. He has a second gear and outran everyone on the field on a consistent basis. Williams shows a willingness to go over the middle and has good hands to make contested catches. On deep passes, he tracks the ball well and looks it into his hands, he would even tip the ball to himself at times to make the catch. Williams also has really good body control, doing a nice job of changing direction in his routes. He also is a very willing blocker in the run game and looks like he takes pride in it.
The obvious issue for Williams will be the jump in competition. On his college tape, you could tell he was by far the best athlete on the field, so he did not have to rely on technique and proper footwork. Williams also does not use his size to his advantage. He does not attack the football, instead he allows the ball to get into his body. This did not lead to a lot of drops, but I would like to see him extend his arms out more and catch the ball with his hands. Williams also had a limited route tree that he ran in college and will need to work on his footwork getting in and out of his routes.
Williams is an intriguing prospect. You do not find too many guys with his height, speed, and movement skills combination. In my notes I wrote that he looked like Randy Moss to me. He has the same build as Moss and he runs like him to. I am not saying he will be Randy Moss, but his game has the same type of feel. In his interviews that I have heard and read, Williams comes off as an intelligent player who is hard working. He was a three time 1st team all conference player and he averaged 17 yards per catch for his career at Western Oregon. With his impressive combination of physical and athletic traits, I could see Williams coming in year one and contributing on a limited basis as a stretch the field type player. From there, it will all depend if he can develop his route running skills and footwork. If he can, he could become a special player in the NFL. I give Williams a 6th round grade and would be very intrigued to see him in a Patriots uniform.