• Position: Cornerback
  • College: LSU Tigers
  • Pre-Draft Position Rank: 1 of 41

Age: 21, Height: 6’3, Weight: 183 lbs, Experience: 2 years (College)

Williams (29) is the definition of a lock-down corner
  • Scouted Games
    • vs. #8 Miami
    • vs. #2 Georgia
  • Average opposing offense rank: 56.6
  • Average opposing pass offense rank: 66.6
  • Average opposing run offense rank: 51.7

RESUME:

  • Ranked 7th in the SEC in pass deflections (9)
  • Recorded the most interceptions in the SEC during the 2017 season (6)
  • Best Game: @ #7 Auburn (W 22-21)
    • 2 total tackles (2 solo), 1 INT for 20 yards, 1 Pass Deflection
  • Played against 7 ranked opponents (5-2)
    • vs. #8 Miami (W 33-17)
      • 1 Total Tackle (1 solo)
    • @ #7 Auburn (W 22-21)
    • vs. #2 Georgia (W 36-16)
      • 4 total tackles (1 solo), 1 Pass Deflection
    • vs. #22 Mississippi State (W 19-3)
      • 1 total tackle (1 solo), 1 Pass Deflection
    • vs. #1 Alabama (L 0-29)
      • 4 total tackles (3 solo), 1 Pass Deflection
    • @ #22 Texas A&M (L 72-74)
      • 2 total tackles (1 solo), 1 Pass Deflection
  • Played against 5 elite offenses
    • Ole Miss, ranked 9th
    • #2 Georgia, ranked 18th
    • #1 Alabama, ranked 4th
    • #22 Texas A&M, ranked 15th
    • #8 UCF, ranked 6th
  • Played against 2 elite passing offenses
    • Ole Miss, ranked 5th
    • #1 Alabama, ranked 6th
  • Consensus All-American (2018)
  • 2x First-team All-SEC (20172018)

Strengths:

  • Intimidating man coverage abilities
  • Excellent positioning keeps him stuck to receivers like glue
  • Good awareness of ball’s location, can always find it in the air
  • Good closing speed and tracking the ball’s location at any given time
  • Excellent athleticism
  • Able to shed blocks from receivers
  • Not afraid of contact and jockeying for positioning
  • Excellent acceleration and top speed
  • Quick burst can scare QBs on the blitz
  • Excellent footwork and agility, maintains balance and can change directions without hassle
  • Does not get caught flatfooted or on the backpedal, consistently being a threat to the underneath routes
  • Wide cover range can prove especially deadly on the deep ball
  • Recovers quickly quickly if shook on a route, does not let an opening stay open for long
  • Good vision and ability to read the play
  • Ideal height and wingspan to not only deny smaller receivers, but taller deep threats as well

Weaknesses:

  • Slow to crash down on the shorter routes, allowing for receivers to pick up an additional yard or two
  • sticks and/or idles in zone coverage, will either maintain coverage on a receiver too far outside of his assigned zone, or delay in picking up a receiver coming into his zone
  • Can be a liability on the deep zone coverage, does not have ideal understanding of zone responsibilities
  • Not aggressive against the run, will let others deal with the runner rather than crash down and attack the ball carrier
  • Widearm tackles, alligator wrapping ball carriers allowing himself to be easy to evade or power through the tackle
  • weak tackling fundamentals, does not initiate contact, allowing the runner to come to him
  • Is not reliable defender in the open field
  • reactionary press coverage, allows receiver to dictate direction rather than attempt to jam his target on the line

Bold Predictions:

  • Draft Placement: Early-Mid 1st round
  • Plays like: Nnamdi Asomugha
  • Ceiling: NFL All-Pro/ Darrelle Revis-Antonio Cromartie
  • Floor: Slot Corner

Overview:

Up to this point, Nick Bosa would be who I considered to be my favorite prospect for the 2019 NFL draft, but after watching Greedy Williams, I must say that title may have been taken. Williams is the epitome of a shutdown corner the likes the previous generation saw in Revis, Cromartie, Asomugha, among others. His entire game is built around sticking to a receiver and not letting go until the play is dead. His speed, agility, and acceleration keep him in the face of any receiver that comes his way, and his vision and instincts make him a threat to any pass that is toward his general direction. Williams shows a closing speed few can boast, and his ability to track the ball in the air always keeps him in the play at any given point of the game. On top of this, he is not afraid to get aggressive, being a terrifying blur off the side on a blitz, or being a sizable force to deal with when jockeying for position. Williams is one of, if not the best man-to-man corner entering the draft, and many teams would kill to have the amount of raw talent and abilities he brings to the table. That being said, the problem with Williams, as I’m sure you have noted by his strengths and weaknesses, is that any other aspect of his game outside of man coverage is a work in progress. While his coverage is still wide, his reaction and precognition of plays when it comes to zone coverage is lacking. It is apparent when watching Williams play in a zone scheme that he simply does not have the understanding of his responsibilities, nor does he have stellar situational awareness. This manifests itself with Williams either over-committing to covering a guy all the way out of his realm of responsibility, or delaying in covering a receiver who has entered his zone. This can be coached, and will surely work itself out with adequate coaching at the next level, but it also poses a major change in his standing based on what team he is drafted to. If he goes to a team that is man heavy, Williams can easily thrive right out of the gate, but if he were to get drafted by a team that emphasizes zone schemes, Williams would probably not be ready for the NFL level for another year or so. This is all just in regards to his coverage skills. Williams is a terrible tackler, there is no getting around this. He does what I can only describe as a Teletubby hug when he goes to wrap up, outstretching his arms wide before trying to enclose the ballcarrier. The problem, aside from the fact this takes too long to successfully do, is the power of the tackle is in the wrap up, not the initiate contact. Williams can be easily evaded or powered through when he is caught extended, and more often than not this ends with him being tossed aside as the runner takes off for more yardage. Williams is also not aggressive against the run game, and if his tackling mechanics weren’t bad enough, he waits for the runners to come to him rather than he taking the initiative and striking first. This means Williams for the most part plays in a constant state of reactionary action, as opposed to proactive defense. While tackling is teachable, old habits die hard, and while his tackling fundamentals can improve, that will not happen for quite a while. Despite all of this, Williams is still a massive threat in the passing game, and with his baseline ability so high already in spite of his major flaws, it would be extremely foolish to pass on him in the draft. I don’t see Williams lasting long in the draft pool, being an early exit at a high to mid-high draft spot.