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Player Profile: Jameson Williams

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 189 lbs

School: Alabama

NFL Comparison: Henry Ruggs

Why you’re drafting him…

You may be scared off from the Henry Ruggs comparison… but don’t be! Ruggs was a bust at the next level, but it wasn’t because of his play. Don’t forget, he was the very first receiver selected in the 2020 draft, and to be honest, if Williams didn’t tear his ACL, he would’ve had a chance to be the first receiver selected as well. His junior year with Alabama was an incredible one, as he caught 79 balls for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns in college football’s most difficult conference. Many peg Williams as “just another fast guy”, but he is so much more than that. His route running is gorgeous (reminds me of Jerry Jeudy in that aspect of his game), he’s as fast as you could possibly want him to be, has quick feet, is explosive off of the line and never seems to give the defender a clue as to what he’s about to do. He knows how to read the defense and get to the open part of the field. In man coverage, his speed and quickness make for a deadly combination that will give cornerbacks massive headaches at the next level. Williams has tremendous hands and knows how to make a man miss in the open field. He doesn’t get enough credit for what he was able to do in 2021 with Alabama.

Needs to improve…

To no fault of his own, Williams suffered an ACL injury that he’ll have to work hard to recover from. The good news, however, is that his recovery is coming along VERY well. ACL injuries have had some lingering ailments in the first season back for wide receivers, but not many have suffered long-term effects. His size is another obvious knock as he does have one of the lower BMIs in this class. It couldn’t hurt to put on a little weight, but I’d rather him focus on recovery this off-season. On the field, there isn’t much to hate about Williams’ game. He’ll need to improve his abilities as a blocker, but that’s not uncommon for college receivers of his stature.

Prediction for 2022 NFL Draft…

Despite the injury, Williams is set to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. I’d imagine he’ll be going in the second half, but that’s still something to be happy about. The three most likely landing spots that we have for him: Las Vegas, Tampa Bay or Green Bay.

Dynasty fantasy football spin…

Ideally, he’d go to Green Bay and learn from Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers. Personally, I try not to let landing spot play a big role in my receiver rankings, but now that we know Rodgers is around for the next four years… how could you not want that for Jameson Williams?! In 1QB leagues, I’d confidently take Williams anywhere between the 1.05 and 1.08. Even in SF/2QB leagues, he’ll be worthy of a 1st round pick.

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