Note: This scouting report was written by Phil Savage, Executive Director of the Senior Bowl. It is reprinted here with permission
#2 Terrance Williams WO Baylor 6014/205/4.48
Background: Terrance will be a 24-year-old NFL rookie in 2013. At W.T. White High School (Dallas, TX), he earned All-District honors and honorable mention All-State as a combination wide receiver and defensive back. At Baylor, he redshirted as a freshman in 2008. In 2009, he played as a backup wideout, but returned kickoffs on a full-time basis and averaged 24.1yds on 31 attempts.
In ’10, he started 10 of 13 games and caught 43 passes for 484 yards (11.3avg) and 4 touchdowns; he also returned 20 kickoffs for a 21.4yd average and 8 punts for 11.3yds per attempt.
Last year, he started 11 of 13 contests and earned honorable mention All-Big 12 conference honors. He grabbed 59 passes for 957 yards (16.2avg) and 11 touchdowns, including the dramatic game-winning 34-yard score from Robert Griffin III with eight seconds to go vs. Oklahoma. He is a General Studies major.
Tapes Viewed: 2011-TCU, Missouri, Oklahoma
Game Attended: vs. SMU, September 2
Summary: Terrance is a 5th year senior and 3rd year starter at wide receiver for the Baylor Bears. He opted to return for his final year of eligibility in 2012 despite the departure of Heisman Trophy-winning QB Robert Griffin III to the NFL last spring. He has a physical-looking body with long arms, smooth muscles and slightly 10-2 feet. Generally he aligns as the outside receiver on the right-side with an occasional rep as a slot in this Art Briles-coached version of the Spread offense.
He is a fluid athlete with the ability to drop his weight and get out of cuts with his balanced feet. He usually is not pressed, so he has a clear runway to get started and accelerate downfield. When he is pressed, he will hand stroke the defender and use his overall body strength to escape and get into his route.
As a slot, he will hesitate by design when coming off the line to set up his option and “jerk” (stop-and-go lateral) patterns. In these tapes and at the SMU game, he displayed dependable hands and the willingness to extend them for the football. After the catch, he has the size and run skills to get up the field with authority and force people to tackle him in space.
As a blocker, he will stalk and occasionally roll cut on the perimeter. Terrance has kickoff and punt return experience in his background and is sizable enough to help on special teams as a rookie.
For the NFL, he appears to have potential starter ability as a solid #2 in the future with the raw speed to threaten the deep part of the field. The biggest question on him will be his adjustment from the wide-open looks he enjoys in the Baylor offense to the tightened coverage and contested receptions that are the norm in the NFL.
On the hoof, he has a pro body and is off to a fast start in the first two games of the 2012 season with 13 receptions, 267 yards (20.7avg) and 2 touchdowns.
What the NFL scouts want to see in 2012: Without former teammates QB RGIII and WR Kendall Wright, can Terrance continue to post solid numbers? And, to demonstrate a fully developed skill set, he needs to show his vertical speed on the outside and body control to separate horizontally as a slot on the inside; while catching the ball consistently all year.
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