2021 NFL Draft: Avery Williams Player Profile

Avery Williams NFL Draft Profile Overview

Position: Cornerback
Height: 5’8.3
Weight: 187 lbs
School: Boise State University

Pro Day Stats

Hand0: 09
Arm: 28 3/4
Wingspan: 70 1/8
40-Yard Dash: 4.43
20-Yard Dash: 2.57
10-Yard Dash: 1.55
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 19
Vertical Jump: 33 1/2
Broad Jump: 10’01
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.00
3-Cone Drill: 6.88

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Avery Williams 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Overview

Born in Pasadena, California, Williams attended St. Francis Catholic High School before transferring to JSerra Catholic High School as a senior. Williams led his team at St. Francis to the division playoffs and an Angelus League title with three interceptions, four sacks, and a combined nine touchdowns. Additionally, he started as a junior was named All-Area. Williams rushed for 1,175 yards with 14 touchdowns as a senior and was named Trinity League Co-MVP at JSerra. He then committed to Boise State University.

As a redshirt freshman, Williams completed 36 solo and nine assisted tackles with two interceptions and eight broken-up passes. Additionally, he had 27 punt returns of 303 yards with two touchdowns and 15 kickoff returns for 371 yards. As a redshirted sophomore, Williams had 33 solo and 16 assisted tackles with one forced fumble, two interceptions, and eight passes broke up. he also had 18 punt returns of 126 yards and two kick-off returns of 78 yards with one touchdown.

Williams completed 27 solo and 12 assisted tackles with one forced fumble and nine passes broken up in his redshirt junior year. Additionally, he completed 22 punt returns of 290 yards with two touchdowns and two kickoff returns of 60 yards. Williams tallied 15 solo and four assisted tackles with one forced fumble and one pass was broken up in his senior season. He also returned 17 punts of 229 yards with two touchdowns and one fair catch, as well as 20 kickoff returns of 533 yards with two touchdowns.

Strengths

  • A versatile player who excelled at kickoff/punt returns
  • Explosive, short-area quickness
  • Blocked five field-goal attempts in his career
  • Good tackler and gets coverage on receivers
  • Has a good, strong build that creates balance and the ability to break through blocks

Weaknesses

  • Has difficulty in contested catch situations
  • Sometimes can be out-maneuvered by a receiver’s quick steps
  • Might be better as an offensive player instead of defensive
  • Larger receivers can cause him problems
  • Reaction time can be a bit slow

Player Comparison: Jamal Agnew

Teams With Need At Position: Buffalo BillsArizona CardinalsLos Angeles RamsNew Orleans SaintsDetroit Lions

Draft Projection: 4th Round

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Bottom Line on Avery Williams

An incredibly interesting prospect, Williams is extremely versatile and a special teams expert. His success in returns for yardage and touchdowns is unquestionable, as is his first-step quickness. As a defender, Williams has been very good, but not great. Williams is good in coverage. But he has trouble in contested pass situations. He can also be out-maneuvered by smaller, more agile runners. As a defender, Williams’ ceiling is lower and his floor is as a special team fixture and as a kick returner. However, if a team is willing to develop Williams’ offensive instincts further and switch him to an offensive receiver then his potential becomes much higher and he may get taken a round earlier.

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