This guy can flat out play football. He was the face of Syracuse football and was on pace to break all receiver records at SU. Aside from all the hype regarding his academic suspensions and the speculations behind him actually quitting his team at Syracuse, this guy has the game to be the exact type of wideout we need in Miami, and he may even come out of the fourth round, but has the legit talent to be a 2nd round pick. He off the field problems are what killed him but he definitely has the prototypical blend of size, speed and hands for the position.
Here is the analysis I pulled from www.NFLdraftscout.com
Mike Willams WR #1 Syracuse Orange
Release: Shows good initial quickness out of his stance. Has active hands and good lateral agility to minimize the effectiveness of the jam. Has the straight-line speed to challenge deep. Shows good body control to change direction as a route-runner despite his long frame.
Hands: Secure hands to catch the ball in traffic. Protects the ball against his chest and can take the big hit over the middle and hang on to the ball. Good extension outside of his frame and body control to adjust to the poorly thrown ball. Times his leap well and catches the ball at its highest point. Good fade target in the red zone. Battles for the ball with good flexibility and the hand-eye coordination to track passes over either shoulder.
Route running: Good straight-line speed to challenge deep. Smooth acceleration and can throttle down, sink his hips and create separation out of his cuts with an explosive first step. Precise cut for the slant and square-in. Can stick his foot in the ground and leave the defensive back scrambling. Presents a large target for the quarterback.
After the catch: Big-play threat after the catch. Strong runner who fights through arm tackles. Has some lateral agility to elude. Good acceleration after the catch and can pull away. Good vision to set up blocks.
He was suspended for the entire 2008 season for speculations of cheating, and failing to obey the athletic academic policy. He came back in 09’ with more great numbers, but chose to leave Syracuse for reasons regarding a car accident with teammates and instead of being suspended again, he just choose to leave. Now this guy definitely has some character issues, but these are the type of guys that get under Parcells and Sparano and shine, he plays like a man on the field, has all the intangibles to be want me want to see and want he need at the WR position. Watch this highlight video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlFFS-KfMho
What you think?