NFL News & Analysis

Premium Content Sign Up

PFF scouting report: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

ATHENS, GA - AUGUST 30: Mike Williams #7 of the Clemson Tigers runs with a catch against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Name: Mike Williams
School: Clemson
Position fit: Wide receiver
Stats to know: Caught 51.9 percent of deep targets, good for sixth in the nation

What he does best:

  • Dominates at the catch point, uses his giant frame to tower over defensive backs
  • Huge catch radius and wing span facilitate spectacular grabs
  • Deep threat, uses his size to box out defensive backs
  • Tracks the ball exceptionally downfield, a constant threat on fades and back-shoulder throws
  • Effective over the middle, made a number of catches in traffic
  • Uses his length to separate at the line of scrimmage, consistently moves the chains on third down
  • Difficult to defend running the slant, makes tough conversions in key games situations
  • Strong hands – dropped only 5.77 percent of opportunities in 2016 (18th in FBS)
  • Physical option on bubble screens and other quick throws

Biggest concern:

  • Occasional concentration lapses resulted in a couple of simple drops
  • May not create enough separation to fit with every quarterback style. Needs aggressive passer to allow him to win at the catch point in contested situations
  • Not the most dynamic, unlikely to convert short gains into big plays underneath – averaged only 4.0 yards after catch per reception in 2016
  • Suffered a season-ending neck injury in 2015

Player comparison: Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears.

Like Jeffery, Williams is physical at the catch point and capable of turning off-target throws into completions. Both receivers can win in the short game while providing a downfield threat in contested situations.

Bottom line: Mike Williams was possibly the deciding factor in Clemson claiming revenge against Alabama in a rematch of the 2015 National Championship. He displayed all the qualities that make him such an exciting prospect against NFL-caliber defensive backs. As well as presenting opponents with a matchup problem, Williams also represents a reliable target underneath. He projects as a receiver capable of using his body to move the chains while adding a downfield component to the passing game due to his ability to win at the catch point with strong ball skills.

Subscribe to PFF Edge to continue reading

Already have a subscription? Sign In

You've got the first pick with your finances. Western Southern Financial Group.

NFL Featured Tools

  • Live picks, grades and reaction to the 2022 NFL Draft.

  • PFF's Big Board for the 2023 NFL Draft offers three-year player grades, combine measurables, position rankings, and in-depth player analysis for all of the top draft prospects.

    Available with

  • 250+ three-page scouting profiles - advanced stats, 3-year grades, player comps, combine data and Senior Bowl grades - for the 2022 draft class.

    Available with

  • PFF's exclusive metrics provide matchup previews, position rankings, grades, and snap counts.

    Available with

  • Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data.

    Available with

Pro Subscriptions

Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft

$9.99 / mo
$39.99 / yr

Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS

$34.99 / mo
$199.99 / yr