Jameson Williams NFL Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

NFL Draft Profile: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama 

Name: Jameson Williams

School: Alabama

Year: Jr.

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6’2 189 Ibs

 

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General Info:

The football/track and field high school all-star graduated with three state championships in his two sports. Both of his track championships came his junior year after beating Ezekial Elliot’s state track records. In his senior season, Williams led his football team to a state championship as the 82nd ranked player in his class and a 4-star recruit.

Then, he committed to The Ohio State University. Here, he never got the opportunity he was probably promised as a recruit. Two years went by and Williams only had 15 catches. However, he made the most out of those 15 catches. At this point, he realized that despite owning a guaranteed starting spot his junior year, the wide receiver room was crowded and he wouldn’t be able to show off his NFL potential.

After two underwhelming seasons, Williams transferred to Alabama where he thrived. On a team full of stars, Williams shined the brightest. Unfortunately,  tore his ACL in the National Championship against Georgia. Still, he won many awards such as First Team All American, First Team All-SEC, and SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Year.

 

Positional Skills:

Strengths

Williams’ most obvious strength is his speed. He is wide open in his highlights due to his acceleration and top speed. It also helps that he’s great at selling routes. This separation from defenders should project to the next level. Quarterbacks also do not have to wait long for Williams to get open because of how quick his release is, but often it seemed he was outrunning his quarterback’s range because he would have to turn around and slow down to catch the ball. Blink an eye and he is twenty yards downfield without a defender even on the screen.

Maybe the most intriguing part of Williams as a prospect isn’t even what he brings to the passing game as a deep threat. His elusiveness gives him the opportunity to play somewhat of a Deebo Samuel role. He wasn’t utilized that much in the running game, but when he was he shined. Production was inevitable with how hard it is to tackle someone athletic he is. This is in large part due to his body control to slip through defenders. However, in order to have the production in the running game consistently, he would have to gain some muscle mass to prevent injuries.

All of his previously stated traits will allow Williams to be a threat on special teams as well. Like the run game, coaches may opt to not involve Williams due to injury risk, but he could be a threat with returning punts or kicks. He only has experience with returning kicks, but he definitely could return punts or even be a gunner for coverage.

 

Weaknesses

Before his injury, Williams was a top 10 prospect in this year’s draft. So, his most obvious weakness will be his recovery. Will he return to his future glory and retain his speed? Any other concerns about Williams come after that. He most likely will not play in 2022 because of how recent his injury was. Therefore, any team that needs a plug-and-play player in order to win now shouldn’t draft Williams.

Despite being a freak of an athlete, Williams has one significant physical flaw: his weight. For his height, he is relatively small and often times gets overpowered by physical corners. This makes him a liability in run blocking, and his effort is questionable here at times as well. At the line of scrimmage, Williams can be manhandled and thrown off his route. Alabama found ways around this by often lining Williams in the slot or in a bunch so that he would get a free release.

It often appears that due to his size and strength, Williams is playing scared. He has a couple of concentration drops when it appears that Williams is trying to protect himself rather than trying to catch the ball. Also, Williams is much more likely to try and avoid a defender than to run through one. Perhaps this is for good reason, but it is still noteworthy. With how talented Williams is, scouts have to start to nick pick his craft to try to separate him from the other 1st rounders.

 

Fit with the Packers:

Is it even realistic for the Packers to have the option to draft Jameson Williams? Before his injury, Williams was projected as a potential Top 10 draft selection and the obvious wide receiver one in his class. However, ACL injuries are serious and there is a possibility he could fall far down the boards because of how late in the year his injury was. In other words, it would no longer be surprising to see Jameson Williams still available at the end of the first round. However, if the Packers are serious about running it back with Aaron Rodgers for 2022 or father, Williams will not be selected. Even with the Packers’ history of drafting wide receivers in the first round, or lack thereof, Williams will not be able to produce until at least the 2023 season.

If the Packers plan to rebuild in 2022, he could be an option. However, it is still doubtful. At worst, Williams could be a Z or slot receiver taking over the MVS role while being a consistent deep threat for Jordan Love. Also, he would add a ton of athletic ability to special teams for new coordinator Rich Bisaccia: both as a gunner and returner. If he added a little weight over his recovery, he would have the ideal Packers receiver body type that they love. The ceiling for Williams is incredibly high and might be the only hope he has for becoming a Packer. There is a chance he could develop into a Tyreek Hill-level player simply because of his dangerous speed, but will he keep that speed after his gruesome injury?

This draft definitely has some prospects at the receiver position that the Packers should look at because they are so thin, and there are so many question marks. However, drafting Williams would only add more questions to such a complicated room. Will stronger defenders overpower him at the line of scrimmage every play? Will the drops continue to be a problem? Will he give more effort at the next level in run blocking? More than likely, fans will never see Jameson Williams in green and gold, but he is a fun idea to play with and whichever team gets Williams should be more than happy.

 

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Leatherhead's picture

February 25, 2022 at 04:56 pm

We’ve shown we can get really good WRs on the second day of the draft. If Adams and Lazard both return, as is expected, we won’t be taking a WR in the top 100.

There are six. Legitimate TEs who are Top 100 guys. I’d bet a cold beer that one of them is going to be a Packer.

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PhantomII's picture

February 25, 2022 at 05:51 pm

Again...No Packer WR has started day 1 who was drafted in the 2nd round or later. The reason to NOW draft in the 1st is because the 3 years it has taken Adams, Cobb and Jordy to produce is not in AR window because typically drafting a WR in the 2nd round has been NEGLECTED in the last several years. We have a #1 WR and 3-4,
#4 WR's and no real good TE's. We need team speed to increase on offense, especially those 2 positions. If AR and Adams don't return I'm good with picking the best Safety in the draft who has good cover skills and an even better at tackling, or best DL available. If we make the defense the strength a decent QB should be able to move the chains when our starting OL is back.

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BirdDogUni's picture

February 25, 2022 at 07:37 pm

If AR doesn't return it's because he's been traded, and if he's traded, I believe it more important than ever to draft a Speed WR to help Jordan Love or whoever our QB is. If indeed we do trade AR, I'm hoping Gutey drafts a WR as high as possible in the hopes he can get on the field sooner rather than later and grow with Jordan Love into a viable QB/WR duo.

In fact, I would hope Gutey would draft a TE with our 2nd round pick to grow with Love too. I'm sure AR would say better late than never, but oh well. Surround Love with weapons and give him his best chance to succeed.

Then you can spend the rest of our picks shoring up the defense and STs.

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Turophile's picture

February 26, 2022 at 10:03 am

A lot hinges on whether Adams is retained. If he is kept, no first round draft pick there and maybe no second rounder there either.

If Adams is gone I fully expect either a good vet pickup or a WR in the first two rounds of the draft. I don't disregard 1st round WRs for the Packers, because them not having taken one there for years is one of those things that is a thing until they do.......... and then it isn't a thing any more.

Given how the Packers like their receivers to block, I don't expect Williams to be high on their list. They do not often go for injured players either.

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crayzpackfan's picture

February 25, 2022 at 08:52 pm

I have done at least a dozen mock simulators online from many different sites. Quite often, at GB’s 1st pick, Trevor Penning tackle from UNI “Paups” up as available(see what I did there Bryce?). Cedar Falls Iowa is a piss and a rock throw away from where I live too. I know this is completely out of left field (off topic), but asking the lot of you, would you folks take him if he fell to us day one? Do you view him as a reach in that spot? I can argue a need at tackle. Anyway, back to my Buffalo Trace and then bed. Working IT for an accounting firm during tax season is like being the guy with the shovel behind the horses in a parade. U people have an excellent weekend.

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MarkinMadison's picture

February 26, 2022 at 08:59 am

I grew up in Waterloo/Cedar Falls (CF people - get over yourselves - you let Verve, an awesome bar/restaurant die because you were too cool to hang out in Waterloo - just stupid, now you can go hang at Applebees). I have to confess I haven't followed Trevor Penning. I don't see the Packers tacking a T in the first round.

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crayzpackfan's picture

February 26, 2022 at 10:26 pm

Sorry I blew up Mark.

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crayzpackfan's picture

February 26, 2022 at 10:27 pm

Damn double post

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Turophile's picture

February 26, 2022 at 10:24 am

An OT might be a thing if Turner is released. His play at RT means he should be kept and what he has cost to date, $7m pa, for the last 4 years is good value for what he brings.

However, the Packers have a huge money hole to fill, and losing Turner might be a part of trying to fill it.

Without him and opposite Bakhtiari, we have Nijman, who is has very good feet and played ok (he might improve further this year), but is really a LT type. Also, there is Jenkins, who would have to shift from LG to RT but can play there,..................... and Jenkins will not be ready at the start of next season (ACL).

On balance I'd go for WR and Edge in whatever order in the first two rounds of the draft, and TE and DL after that. OT is a viable position group choice in round one, but since there are maybe 4 top 15 prospects at OT and then only 2 more until the end of round 2, I'd guess they will go for a more developmental guy at about round 4.

As for Penning, I expect him to go halfway through round one (picks 14-17), so he'll probably be off the board at pick 28........good OTs go early.

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dobber's picture

February 26, 2022 at 12:11 pm

How they treat Turner will signal a lot regarding what happens with #12 and #17. IF they're bringing back the big-ticket guys, they will want security on the right side, restructure and keep Turner, and will likely plug NIjman in as their swing tackle. That would likely happen very soon.

The longer they wait on Turner, the more likely they are to trade or cut him, IMO. I think that would signal moving on from one or both of ARod and Adams. It could also signal a desire to not commit dollars longer term to a guy that they're likely to replace in the next year or two, anyway.

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February 27, 2022 at 02:21 am

Nijman would be just fine at RT with an offseason to practice the right foot kick. Once he settled in he showed good aggressiveness blocking downfield on runs, he was the last O linemen getting off the pile a few times on some nice gainers. Jenkins won't be ready til at least mid season so if they let Turner go or trade him they'll need to draft a T in rounds 3-5 or sign Kelly or a guy like him.

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PeteK's picture

February 26, 2022 at 09:11 am

No use predicting a draft until Rodgers/Adams saga is settled. You're going to need a bigger shovel,LOL. Buffalo Trace is excellent, Widow Jane and Jefferson's cabinet barrel aged are two more of my favorites.

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LambeauPlain's picture

February 26, 2022 at 12:00 pm

I have enough confidence in Gutey that he will rely on his memory to recall Harrell and Kevin King. With the cap issues, the Packers will need to draft players that can play next season, even if on STs or as a quality depth player.

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