Green Bay Packers 2022 NFL Draft Ultimate Preview: Receiver

Measurable: 6-1 1/2, 179. 9 1/4 hands. DNP test (knee).

Statistics: Williams caught 15 passes at Ohio State but had 79 receptions for 1,572 yards (19.9 average) and 15 touchdowns while moving to Alabama. He was a first-team All-American and an SEC leader in yards and touchdown gains. As an added bonus, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

Deeper Stats: According to the PFF, he had six drops (7.1 percent), an average of 9.3 YAC and 13 receptions on passes thrown more than 20 yards down. His disputed catch rate was 40.0 percent. According to Sports Info Solutions, he averaged 16 missed tackles per 100 touches, No. 23 in the draft class but was No. 1 with 13.1 yards per goal.

Personal note: The St. Louis native won the Missouri State track and field championships in the 300-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles, and he broke Ezekiel Elliott’s state record for the 300 hurdles. “I have speed that can’t be taught,” Williams said at the Combine. “I have a lot of speed.” Without the cruciate ligament tear, he might have won a national championship.

“Go through the drills,” he said on the pro day. “When I see Coach Saban’s defense, it’s one of the best defenses I’ve ever seen. It contains a lot of things and I really think it’s an advanced defense. So if you have the ability to counter this defense it will help you a lot.

“The competition, everything Alabama football, has helped me become a better man, a better football player, a better receiver. … It all came together and hit me. i want to be the best I always wanted to be the best but coming here just took me to another level.”

As The Sporting News noted, Williams had more 70-yard, 60-yard, 50-yard, 40-yard, 30-yard, and 20-yard touchdown hauls than any receiver in FBS.

“I was very lucky. I’ve coached a lot of great receivers,” Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien told Sporting News. “And Jameson, given the stage in his career he’s at, being a college football player and likely having a chance to play pro football… Excellent speed, excellent route runner, very competitive guy. He’s a very instinctive player. He’s a very smart player. And I can’t say enough about its competitiveness. He’s a player who goes out and trains every day like it’s a game.

“And I think that’s something that the greats have — those qualities. Everyone is a little bit different. Everyone is built differently. Everyone has different abilities, different speeds and things like that. But the best I know, and Jameson is in that category, they all have that competitive spirit that’s really hard to find at times.”

Williams tells NFL Media’s James Palmer that he is ahead of schedule with his recovery. He also “exercises a lot” while working in the pool and going for a light jog. All of that progress gives Williams hope he’ll be ready to step onto the field to start training camp.

“That’s what I’m shooting at,” Williams said, possibly ready for training camp. “What overrides that is just making sure I’m 100% before I do anything. That would be my time frame but I’ll just make sure everything is 100% before I come back just so I’m right.”

NFL Draft Bible Scouting Report: Williams demonstrates track-level speed and explosiveness at all times. Hard cuts at the top of routes can cause separation. Has the unique ability to drop his hips and instantly halt his momentum. Displays advanced route running ability to change speeds throughout his stem. A threat to Overtop and can win downfield. Will do a good job of finding and adapting to the ball. After the catch, Williams has the ability to make people miss him and play in space. Extremely gifted athlete with fast feet and can run every distance in the system.

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