WR Mike Williams, Clemson
6’4”, 218 lbs.
Williams is my top receiver in the class as he’s a good mix of size, speed, route running and catch ability that should make him at least a good number 2 receiver with the potential to be a number 1. Another thing that works in Williams favor is that his skill set should translate quickly to the NFL level and he could be pretty productive as a rookie.
Williams will get knocked because he doesn’t create easy separation, but the fact that it hasn’t really limited him in college should be considered a positive sign. Williams’ ability to win contested catches and win jump balls are skills that should carry over to the NFL game, and they more than make up for his lack of creating separation. Williams has the size and skill to dominate in the red zone and he should be a major weapon in that area.
As long as Williams checks out medically, he should go in the top half of the draft and be a day one starter for some team. He may never become a true number 1 receiver, but it’s also possible that no one from this class reaching that level. That said he should be a 1,000+ yard receiver with double-digit touchdowns most seasons.