Wide receiver is definitely at the top of the offseason checklist for the Minnesota Vikings, and an influx of talent via both free agency and the draft should be coming. It would not be surprising to see the Vikings use their first round pick, currently 23rd overall, on the best wide receiver available.
Just who that player will be depends on what current mock draft you’re looking at, but Baylor’s Terrance Williams belongs in that conversation. He had a fantastic senior season in 2012, leading the nation in receiving yards with 1,832 along with 97 receptions (11th in the country) and 12 touchdowns (tied for eighth in the country). He had 23 receptions that went for longer than 25 yards last season, including 15 that went for 40 yards or more, so his big-play ability certainly has the attention of NFL scouts.
Williams reportedly met with the Vikings’ brass at last week’s Senior Bowl, so he clearly appears to be on their radar at this early stage in the pre-draft process. But is he a good fit for Minnesota?
Let’s take a closer look at Williams.
Weight: 205 lbs.
– Looks the part; has a long frame and good size
– Has excellent vertical speed; creates downfield separation well
– Displays excellent footwork
– Flashes creativity and toughness after the catch
– Has excellent ball skills; tracks the ball in the air well
– Shows willingness to be physical and fight for the ball in the air
– Needs to refine his route-running
– Needs to show better toughness going over the middle
– Occasionally had issues with drops during his collegiate career
– May have trouble transitioning from a spread offense in college to a more traditional NFL offense
Williams’ deep speed makes him an excellent fit for what the Vikings need most at wide receiver; a vertical threat that can make opposing defenses pay for devoting too much attention to stopping running back Adrian Peterson. There are other wide receiver-needy teams ahead of Minnesota in the first round, including the Miami Dolphins at 12th overall, so they may need to trade up if general manager Rick Spielman and the rest of the Vikings’ front office identify Williams as a potential difference-maker.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.