NFL Draft Spotlight: Mike Williams, WR, Syracuse

by Cory J. Bonini on March 24, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Within football communities the name Mike Williams draws cringes, laughter and looks of sheer disappointment. After two young men bearing a matching birth label have gone on to be top-10 busts, Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams hasn't exactly improved the imagine that is associated with the name. Nevertheless, Williams was a productive member of the Orange when he was on the field (16 touchdowns in the past two years).

Strengths

  • Great size: 6-foot-2, 221 pounds
  • Excellent hands - wowed onlookers at the NFL Scouting Combine with his receiving abilities
  • Long-legged strider with explosion out of his breaks
  • Consistent effort
  • Good vision
  • Accelerates well in the open field
  • Advanced route-running skills
  • Capable red zone target

Weaknesses

  • Red flags abound: Williams was suspended the entire 2008 season for suspicion of cheating and quit the team midway through the 2009 season in anticipation of an upcoming suspension.
  • Poor, disinterested blocker
  • Often jammed at the line despite his size
  • Isn't a big-play threat or elusive in the open field
  • Has a slight tendency to run before looking in the ball
  • Reportedly a poor interview at the combine: blamed everyone around him, per published accounts

Expected draft placement

No one doubts his on-field accomplishments and capabilities, but all of the maturity questions surrounding Williams will undoubtedly hurt him during the draft. He is a first-round talent with a sophomoric approach toward handling life. Some NFL team will take a chance on him, and in the right situation, we could be looking at a star player in a few years. Then again, Williams could easily screw up and cost himself a career in the NFL. He has a troubling track record and seems to be his own worst enemy.

Expect Williams to come off the board no earlier than the third round and as late as the end of the sixth. It's tough to imagine him being entirely avoided in the draft.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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