NFL Draft: Terrance Williams Scouting Report
Terrance Williams has never been the Baylor Bears go to guy. In 2009 he saw very limited playing time as a receiver (3 catches, 61 yards) but found a role as a kick returner.
2010 is when he began to breakout. Despite being behind Kendall Wright and Josh Gordon, Williams finished the season 43 catches with 484 yards and added 4 TDs.
Last season, he was a starter and really put himself on the map. He started week 1 against TCU and finished that game with 6,126, 2 TDs. He had a three game stretch with 23 catches, 400 yards and 4 TDs. In a November game against Oklahoma, he had the game winning catch on a 34 yard bullet from Robert Griffin III. Williams finished the season with 59 catches for 957 yards and 11 TDs.
Grade: 2nd Round
- Passes the eye-ball test. Very tall, athletic and shows great straight line speed
- Can separate from defenders with ease and generates openings on his own
- Gets to his top speed quickly
- Large catch radius
- Does a good jump lucking the ball in the air, and getting it at its highest point
- Shows good body control in the air when having to adjust to poorly thrown balls
- Displays confidence in working the middle of the field in short to intermediate routes
- Not afraid to go get the ball in traffic
- Understands where he needs to be when playing against zone. Finds the soft spots quick and sits on his routes
- High ceiling
- Earns YAC with his ability to make defenders miss
- Added value as a returner
- Needs to develop more consistent hands. Dropped several easy passes last season
- Not a developed route runner
- Rounds of too many routes. Needs to be more sudden in and out of his breaks
- Not a very physical receiver. Will win jump balls because of his height and ability, but won’t outmuscle bigger defenders
- Mainly faced off coverage. Needs to show scouts he can bet man coverage off the line of scrimmage
- Isn’t secure with the ball when running. Holds it away from his body
Williams was never the focal point of the Bears offense last season and faced one-one coverage while he was the secondary receiver behind Kendall Wright. He was able to work in opens spaces in the field while Wright gained all the attention from opposing defenses.
With Wright, Griffin, and Terrance Ganaway now all in the NFL, Williams will get opposing defenses best cover man on a weekly basis. After facing #2 guys all his career, his stock will depend a lot on how he can handle the added pressure as the focal point of the Bears offense.
I would like to see him make the easy catches look easy. There were several times last season when he just lost concentration and dropped some very catchable balls. He also runs with ball very lose. Scouts will be concerned with ball security, and this is a major facet of his game that needs to be cleaned up.
Another thing I want to see him do is beat man coverage. For the majority of last season he was faced with off coverage and he had the speed and athletic ability to simply get open. I want to see strength to fight off a good jam at the line of scrimmage, and if he can find ways to get open when blanketed by a top CB.
He has the raw ability and exciting upside to go in the first round, but I think mid-2nd is more of a likely expectation for Terrance Williams, especially if the top juniors declare.
Jeremy Cabler covers the NFL Draft and College Football for Rant Sports. Check out his Scouting Reports