One of the more polarizing wide receiver prospects in this year’s draft class, Chad Williams comes from the small school of Grambling State, but has caught national attention. It all started down in Mobile during the Senior Bowl where he flashed big play ability and top tier athleticism. On the other hand, he was involved in a scuffle during practice with Miami safety Rayshawn Jenkins in which punches were thrown. That about summarizes Williams as a prospect.
Williams is a loose cannon. You’re really not sure what you’re going to get with him. He’s the epitome of a hit or miss type prospect. Along with his unpredictable personality, he was charged for marijuana/firearm possession prior to the 2016 season. The questions marks are certainly there, but the upside may be too good for a team to pass on at some point during day 3.
Name: Chad Williams
Size: 6’1” / 204 / 32” Arm Length / 9 3/4” Hands
School: Grambling State
Comparison: Denarious Moore (Retired/Oakland Raiders)
Draft Grade: 5th Round
Pro Day Results: 40-Yard Dash: 4.37 / Bench Press: 21 Reps / Vertical Jump: 35.5” / Broad Jump: 123” / 3-Cone Drill: 7.09 / 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.20
Positives: Intriguing athletic upside. Well-rounded route tree. Quick cuts on out routes. Picks up a lot of speed into his release when sent in motion. Keeps stride moving while making catches on inner hip. Extends arm and shoves to create separation from defender as ball approaches. Wide catch radius – swings arms out and inhales balls away from his body. Makes catches with defenders draped on his back. Elevates on jump balls to snatch ball over defender. Capable RAC weapon. Physical after the catch. Will lower his shoulder on impact. Necessary strength to slip through arm tackles. Shimmies laterally to eat up space when blocking for screens and create a difficult path for the defender. Sets the edge well on blocks and helps create tight holes. Chippy, fiery competitor. Tested extremely well at his pro day – most noticeably with a 4.37 40-time.
Negatives: Wildcard on and off the field. Suspended one game this past season due to a charge on marijuana/firearm possession. Threw a punch during Senior Bowl practices. Unpredictable. Noticeable attitude on the field. Not a natural hands catcher. Initially latches the ball but fails to follow through and drops it on the come down. Frequently double catches. Struggles to track overhead balls and will slow down as he looks over his shoulder. Hand-eye coordination looks off. Won’t gain separation with hands at the point of attack. Poor route awareness – makes his cuts right into the defender. Level of competition was underwhelming.
Outlook: Chad Williams is an intriguing prospect. He stood out during Senior Bowl week and has seen a steady ascend since, especially after a stellar showing at his pro day. You get personality from Williams at the next level, although that can be good or bad according to different teams. Williams should meet the size threshold for most teams as an outside receiver, and has the stunning athleticism to match. The upside is certainly there, but his chippy charisma may scare some teams off. With everything considered, he grades out as a 5th round guy for me, and he’ll likely land in that vicinity on day 3 of the NFL Draft.