Breaking Down D'haquille Williams – WR – Auburn

One of the more interesting names at the wide receiver position for next April’s NFL Draft will be former Auburn Tiger D’haquille Williams. Williams was dismissed from the Auburn team earlier this season because of a fight at an area bar. That situation was not the only off field issue involving Williams. He was suspended for last year’s Outback Bowl for breaking team rules and missed a week of practice earlier this season for disciplinary reasons. Take away the issues, and Williams is one of the more talented receivers in this draft. He has great size at about 6'2" -215 with very long arms and huge hands. He is a smooth athlete with quick change of direction and outstanding overall body control. He is a semi strider with good overall long speed and a burst. I would estimate that he will run in the 4.48 range. Coming out of high school, Williams couldn’t qualify for entry into the top SEC programs so he played at Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College where he dominated. After his second season at Mississippi Coast, most recruiting services had him rated as a 5-star player. He was offered by schools such as LSU, Texas A&M and Alabama but choose Auburn. With really only one year of major college football under his belt, Williams is still raw. Still he has the body control to put his foot in the ground and quickly get separation coming out of breaks. He has been used mostly on slants, comebacks, posts and screens. In man coverage he can be very difficult to handle because of his size and athleticism. With his size size and huge hands he catches the ball very easily and he has the upper body flexibility to easily turn and catch balls behind him. He does an excellent job of tucking the ball away quickly and turning up field. As a runner after the catch he shows speed and power. While he is not the most elusive type guy, he can make the first man miss and is difficult to tackle because of his size and power. He consistently gets yards after contact. In 2014, Williams was one of the better offensive threats for Auburn with 45 receptions for 730 yards and five touchdowns. This season in limited opportunities he caught 12 passes for 145 yards and one touchdown. Overall, while raw, Williams has a very high ceiling. Few have the natural talent he possesses. Many thought he would enter the draft a year ago, but he chose to stay and get more experience. Obviously that hasn’t worked out. There is no doubt that Williams is a premium round talent but because of his issues he won’t get drafted to his talent level. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him invited to the Senior Bowl and that week will be very important for him. He also will be one of the most interviewed prospects in this draft. How he conducts himself in those interviews will have a lot to say as to where he finally gets drafted. Based on players with similar histories I would guess a team will pull the trigger in the third or fourth round. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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