Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams is already considered the top wide receiver prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft, and is already drawing some high praise ahead of the Tigers’ College Football Playoff game against Ohio State this Saturday.
An NFC college scouting director reportedly compared Clemson’s 6-foot-3, 225-pound receiver with Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, according to Albert Breer of MMQB.
“He’s a big, physical guy, but how fast is he? I think he’s in the 4.5 range, which would be plenty fast enough,” the scouting director said, via MMQB. “And he had some drops this year, easy drops, but also made some incredible catches. And he was coming off the (neck) injury when the drops were a problem. He’ll go in the first round and make some offense better.”
Williams has posted his second 1,000-plus yard receiving season with the Tigers in 2016 and has set career-highs in receptions (84), receiving yards (1,171), and touchdowns (10) this season.
NFL evaluators will be heavily scouting Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl between the Tigers and Buckeyes with plenty of NFL talent on the field, and will surely be watching how Williams performs against one of the best secondaries in the country.
Clemson co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jeff Scott said prior to the season that he saw Williams in the “same light” as some the program’s greatest wide receivers in recent history like DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, and Martavis Bryant.
Multiple NFL teams looking to add a franchise receiver in the year’s draft will surely be heavily evaluating Williams in the coming months, as teams like the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, and San Diego Chargers could all be looking to select a wide receiver early in the 2017 NFL Draft.