Michael Williams Scouting Report

Michael Williams Alabama

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Prospect: Michael Williams
Height: 6’6”
Weight: 269
Grade: 5.8 (Grading Scale)

Scouting Report:

+ Deceptive ability to extend plays in the open field off of a short pass
– Lacks the downfield speed to separate from safeties over the middle
– Not a laterally quick or elusive runner who will make defenders miss with the ball in his hands
– Tall but not a great vertical leaper

Catching/Ball Skills:
+ Very reliable hands, rarely drops ball
+ Uses size to his advantage as a red-zone threat
– Not known to extend out to make tough catches away from his body
– Only 51 receptions, 503 receiving yards in 53 career games

Route Running:
+ Despite subpar speed, does a good job getting open as receiver in short passing game + red zone
+ Takes advantage when defense ignores him as receiver by getting open and looking back toward the QB
– Not particularly quick in and out of breaks
– Did not run a full route tree at Alabama

+ Blocking is his speciality, used more as a blocker than receiver at Alabama
+ Consistently engages defender as a run blocker
+ Gets to the second level and picks up downfield blocks as a run blocker
+ Uses hands well, can keep defender anchored as a play develops
+ Uses feet well as a blocker, can move with a defender to stay in front of him
+ Physical run blocker who has no qualms throwing himself at defenders
+ Takes advantage of his size with great posture and leverage
+ Very good at pulling inside to pick up trap blocks between the tackles as a run blocker
+ Does a good job turning defenders outside when at in-line tight end on between-tackles runs
– Doesn’t often drive defenders back off the line of scrimmage
– Struggles against speed rushers off the edge as a pass protector

+ Great awareness on passing plays, knows when to switch from receiver to blocker
+ Usually knows exactly who he is going to block, does not run around looking for someone to block when there are defenders in the box
+ Can line up as both an in-line tight end and in the backfield as an H-back
+ 40 career starts
+ Can contribute as a blocker on kickoff return team

Michael Williams is the best in-line blocker of any tight end in the draft class. He has not been and does not have the athleticism to be a downfield, vertical receiving threat, but as a blocking specialist and short-yardage receiving threat, he should fit a defined role on an NFL active roster.

Williams is strong at the line of scrimmage as a blocker and consistently springs runs by picking up blocks all over the field. He is also an effective pass-protector for a tight end, and is an effective in short-yardage and red zone situations.

Williams has limited upside, but should be able to carve out a long NFL career as a role player. He should be selected in the middle rounds of the draft.

Scouting Notes

vs. Georgia (12/1/12):
-Shows he’s more than just a blocking TE as he catches a ball in the flat
-Motions to FB spot and does a good job to get to Ogletree and make a block
-He can’t sustain the block but doesn’t allow Ogletree time to get ready for Yeldon who runs right through him
-First helps to clear out Jones on the outside then releases to the 2nd level to block Shawn Williams and clear the path for Lacy’s TD run

Full scouting notes for Williams vs. Georgia.

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