NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: D.J. Williams, WR, Glenville State
- Name: D.J. Williams
- Position: WR
- College: Glenville State
- Height: 6’1”
- Weight: 205 lbs.
- Class: Senior
- Games Watched: 2016 Highlights, 2017 Highlights
Background: A Woodbridge, VA native. As a junior in 2016, he recorded 41 receptions, 666 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns. As a senior in 2017, he earned All-Mountain East Conference (MEC) Honorable Mention honors while recording 49 receptions, 723 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns.
Strengths: Williams has good size & frame for a receiver. He has okay straight-line speed, and he relies on that along with a stutter step to create separation from CBs in man & zone coverages. He uses good jumping ability to high point passes on 50-50 balls. He has decent body control to stay in bounds when making sideline catches. He fights for extra yards after the catch by attempting to run through defenders & arm tackles. When a play breaks down, he will find & run to open space to give a QB a passing target. He uses adequate strength when throwing a crack back block & base blocking a CB on run plays. He shows some ability to return kickoffs on special teams.
Weaknesses: Williams’ ability to beat press coverage consistently is a question. He has marginal field awareness as he tends to jump for passes when it is not necessary to do so. He does not show much mental processing to find holes in zone coverage. He tends to round off his cuts when running ins, outs, and slants. His foot quickness coming out of his breaks is questionable. He tends to wait for the ball instead of attacking it when running comeback routes. He only shows marginal vision when returning kickoffs.
Summary: Williams has good size & frame for a pro level receiver. He is at his best when he uses straight line speed & a stutter step to create separation from CBs. He has the jumping ability & some decent body control to be looked at as a possible red zone threat for a QB, but he tends to use his jumping ability when it is not necessary at times. While he can run most routes, his foot quickness out of his breaks & cut sharpness is questionable. On special teams, he shows some ability to be able to return kicks, but he only has marginal vision. At the next level, he will need to show that he can use foot quickness to improve upon his route running skills to create separation instead of relying on straight line speed & stutter steps. I see Williams being brought onto a team for depth that will allow him to use his speed & jumping ability to make plays while allowing him to develop his route running skills more.
Draft Projection: Undrafted Free Agent