Jameson Williams 2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report

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Jameson Williams 2022 Draft Overview

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 189 pounds
School: University of Alabama

Jameson Williams 2022 NFL Draft Profile

College athletes that decide to use the transfer portal to better their college careers don’t always end up with success. However, that is far from the truth for Jameson Williams, the former wide receiver at Ohio State who took advantage of the transfer portal. Being overshadowed by Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave at Ohio State, the transfer to Alabama proved to be the best move for Williams.

Williams was a two-sport athlete at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School in St. Louis, Missouri, playing both football and track and field. He was fast enough that he broke Missouri’s state high school record for the 300-meter hurdles, a record previously held by Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot. He also won two state track and field titles. Even though he doesn’t officially hold an NFL combine 40 time, NFLDraftBuzz.com has an estimated 40 time for Williams listed at 4.25 seconds. Not only did Williams excel in track and field in high school, but he excelled at football as well. He was a four-star recruit who had 1,626 yards and 22 touchdowns his senior year.

Williams played for Ohio State in 2019 and 2020. He only caught 15 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons for the Buckeyes. Realizing he wasn’t getting enough playing time at Ohio State, Williams transferred to Alabama in 2021.

While at Alabama, Williams led all of Division One receivers with four touchdowns of 70 or more yards and led the nation with 11 touchdowns of 30 or more yards. Williams’ 1,572 receiving yards was the third most single-season receiving yards of any Alabama receiver behind DeVonta Smith and Amari Cooper. His 15 touchdowns led the SEC and was third-best in the nation. He also led the SEC with 1,947 all-purpose yards and was second in the SEC with 19.9 yards per reception.  Additionally, he became the first Alabama player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game.

Strengths

  • Dynamic Speed;
  • Deep Threat;
  • Quick Acceleration;
  • Able to reach above defenders to make plays;
  • Able to get separation;
  • Excels at being a return specialist;
  • Good hands and can produce YAC well;
  • Great route runner;
  • Explosive playmaking ability.

Weaknesses:

  • ACL tear in January 2022 in National Championship game
  • Unable to participate in NFL combine
  • Tendency to drop passes
  • Small frame

NFL Comparison: Will Fuller

Teams with Need at Position: Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Washington Commanders

Projection: Mid to late first round

Bottom Line on Jameson Williams

Williams is the perfect example of someone when put in the right system can play well. That will be true for the team that drafts Williams as well. He wasn’t utilized at Ohio State because he wasn’t fitting the scheme. He will also not flourish if he doesn’t fit the scheme of the team that drafts him. However, if drafted by the right team, Williams should have no problem developing into a Pro Bowl caliber player in the NFL. Williams is definitely a top-ten wide receiver in the 2022 draft class and is among the fastest.

If not for his ACL tear in January, he would be a top-five receiver. Whatever team decides to draft Williams will be a team that gets a receiver that will make the life of their quarterback much easier. Williams should do well in the NFL as a wide receiver that will be a deep threat and consistently get separation.

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