During the 2005 season, University of Oregon wide receiver Demetrius Williams recorded his best season in an Oregon Ducks uniform, finishing with 59 receptions for 1,059 yards and 10 touchdowns. Williams also added 58 yards on the ground and one rushing touchdown. Williams will take his vast skills to the National Football League in 2006 and looks to be one of the draft's more intriguing prospects at wide receiver.
Williams has great height for a wide receiver (6-foot-1 3/4), which will allow him to reach over many cornerbacks in the NFL. His overall athletic ability will allow him to make plays on passes that are slightly off target and give him an edge over cornerbacks when fighting for jump balls down the field.
Williams will greatly benefit from playing four years at a major college football program. He has been a regular contributor since his first season on campus at Oregon, and his experience will aid him in the difficult transition to a new offensive scheme in the NFL.
Williams displayed a multitude of talents while playing for Oregon. In addition to amassing commendable statistics as a pass receiver, Williams also contributed to the Oregon offensive attack as a runner on reverses. This added threat would be a welcomed addition to any offense in the NFL.
Despite having desirable size for a NFL wide receiver, Williams lacks the true breakaway speed that many teams covet in their receiving corps. Williams ran the 40 yard dash in 4.46 and 4.50 seconds at his Pro Day. Other wide receivers in the NFL Draft, such as University of Florida's Chad Jackson, along with the Ohio State University's Santonio Holmes, ran their 40-yard dashes in 4.32 and 4.34 seconds, respectively.
During his junior year at Oregon, Williams' season was cut short by injuries to his toe and hamstring. The physical nature of the NFL may pose trouble for Williams, whose slight built and lanky frame may be susceptible to breaking down over the course of a 16-game season.
Williams' strong senior season and impressive size will make him an interesting prospect on Draft Day. Williams looks to be a mid-to-late second-round selection in the upcoming draft, and the following is a list of teams who may look to add Williams in the 2006 NFL Draft:
Green Bay Packers
The Packers may look to add Williams to their receiving corps if they are able to trade disgruntled All-Pro receiver Javon Walker. Walker, who missed most of the 2005 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, has stated publicly that he does not want to play for the Packers organization. If the Packers are able to unload the unhappy Walker, the Packers may look to Williams as a replacement.
St. Louis Rams
While perennial All-Pro Torry Holt may be one of the NFL's most heralded wide receivers, fellow wide receiver Isaac Bruce is nearing the end of his playing career. Despite the emergence of Kevin Curtis as a viable downfield threat, the Rams may look to add a tall receiver like Williams in the second round.
After cutting ties with the talented but volatile wide receiver Terrell Owens, the Eagles are in dire need of playmaking wide receivers to help out quarterback Donovan McNabb in the passing game. The current receiving corps of Todd Pinkston, Reggie Brown, and Greg Lewis does not strike fear in many defensive coordinators, and the Eagles may certainly look to upgrade the position during the draft's second round.
After the Vikings were able to pry All-Pro offensive guard Steve Hutchinson away from the Seattle Seahawks, the Seahawks retaliated by signing talented wide receiver Nate Burleson. Minnesota and new head coach Brad Childress may look to select Williams and insert his playmaking ability into the West Coast offense.
Kansas City Chiefs
Despite having the NFL's top-rated offense during the 2005 season, the Chiefs still need to upgrade the wide receiver position. Eddie Kennison led the Chiefs' wide receivers with 68 receptions for 1,102 yards but managed just five touchdowns. Adding a tall, athletic wide receiver such as Williams will take some pressure off of Kennison and provide quarterback Trent Green with an attractive end zone target. Williams' ability to make plays downfield will enable the Chiefs to open up the seams of the field for star tight end Tony Gonzalez.
New England Patriots
The Patriots lost free agent wide receiver David Givens to the Tennessee Titans and could look to add Williams as a potential replacement in the Patriots offensive scheme. Quarterback Tom Brady likes to spread the ball around to all of his wide receivers and tight ends, so adding a tall receiver such as Williams would help the Patriots in the red zone.
New York Giants
Despite the addition of Plaxico Burress prior to the 2005 season, the Giants may look to add a wide receiver in the draft to give Eli Manning another option in his second full season as starting quarterback. No. 2 wideout Amani Toomer is entering his 11th season in the NFL, and the Giants need to start thinking about potential replacements for him.
After adding star wide receiver Terrell Owens to join wide receiver Terry Glenn and tight end Jason Witten in the Cowboys passing attack, the Cowboys may look to inject some youth into the receiving corps. Both Owens and Glenn are entering their 11th season in the NFL. While Owens and Glenn may form one of the NFL's most dangerous wide receiver combinations, adding a rookie wide receiver, such as Williams, would take some of the pressure off of the two veterans while grooming potential replacements for the future.