The Phinsider's video review of 2013 NFL Draft prospects continues with a look at one of the many high-end receivers in this year's draft class: Baylor's Terrance Williams.
At some point during Robert Griffin III's dream 2011 season at Baylor, draft pundits and enthusiasts managed to take their eyes off of the charismatic, golden-arm quarterback just long enough to get a glimpse of his receiver corps. This wasn't a group simply benefiting from the respect RG3 earned from defenses on a weekly basis; rather, it was a collection of big-time wideouts capable of becoming very good playmakers at the NFL level.
Griffin's No. 1 guy at Baylor, Kendall Wright, was a first-round pick for the Tennessee Titans in 2012. However, despite the fact that Wright--a compact, explosive receiver with plenty of upside--looked the part of a very good NFL receiver this season, his college teammate Terrance Williams was actually the biggest talent out of any of Griffin's Baylor hitmen.
Following Griffin and Wright's jump to the NFL last spring, Williams took on an increased role in Baylor's offense in 2012 and hauled in 97 balls for 1,832 yards and 12 scores. There's plenty to like about his showing on tape, too. Williams is a powerful, smooth receiver who tracks the deep ball very well and has the body to take on larger defensive backs at the next level. He's effective in the intermediate game, as well, but doesn't possess the precise, efficient route-running chops of Cal's Keenan Allen or West Virginia's Stedman Bailey. As an open-field runner, Williams has the juice to run away from defenders. He's a long strider, however, which makes it difficult for him to hit top speed in a blink. Compare some of his runs after the catch in the West Virginia game with the long scamper he recorded against Texas. At top gear, Williams isn't going to get caught from behind, yet he's far less of a threat when working through traffic. He also allows the ball into his frame several times on tape, which could concern some teams (including Miami).
The skill that will help Williams win over NFL teams this spring is his ability to make plays in the red zone. He's a big-bodied (6'1", 205 pounds) receiver with the ability to elevate and high point the ball, and he excels at using his frame to shield the ball from defensive backs. Williams' upper-body strength and hand usage is also a big asset for him inside the 20-yard line, as it's very difficult to muscle him off his initial route.