|NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Baylor WR Terrance Williams||04.20.13 at 7:15 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Wide receiver
Weight: 208 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-America first team (unanimous), 2012 Biletnikoff Award finalist, 2012 All-Big 12 first team (coaches), 2011 All-Big 12 honorable mention (coaches)
What he brings: Williams’ height has helped him with potential jump balls in the red zone. NFL.com notes that he is good at shaking his defender off the line and credits him with the speed to gain a step down the sideline. It is also being said that Williams tracks the ball and adjusts to it in the air, and has showcased the ability to stop and turn for the back-shoulder fade. CBS Sports points out Williams’ blocking ability and his efforts in route adjustments. Some scouts have compared him to Ravens receiver Torrey Smith.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 2
Notes: Williams will leave Baylor with eight school records to his name, including career all-purpose yards (4,693), single-season receiving yards (1,832 in 2012), single-season yards per game (140.9 in 2012), single game receptions (17 in 2012), and single-game receiving yards (314 in 2012). His 2012 receiving yards and yards per game total also led the entire nation.
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Video: Here’s a closer look at Williams with some analysis.
|Terrance Williams hasn’t met with Patriots, but could be on their radar||02.22.13 at 1:17 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Earlier this week, Mike Mayock of the NFL Network, who is the best media mind out there when it comes to the NFL draft, said that Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams might be a fit for the Patriots with the 29th overall pick in this year’s draft.
Speaking with the media Friday, the soft-spoken Williams said that he has yet to meet with the Patriots, and didn’t offer a guess as to where he feels he’ll end up location or slot-wise.
“I just feel like if I can continue to show my talents and keep doing what I’m supposed to do, that will speak for itself,” he said.
After losing Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright to the NFL Last season, Williams had a career-high 97 receptions for 1,832 yards and 12 touchdowns. He measured in at 6-foot-2 and 208 pounds and has good speed for his size.
The biggest knock on him is his route-running, with ESPN’s scouting report of him stating that he “needs to be more definitive and show a more consistent finish at the top of routes.” Williams refuted that notion, saying that it’s “just a matter of time before people start seeing that I can run routes.”
Much like the quarterback class, there’s still some shuffling that figures to be done as wide receivers try to establish themselves as the best in this year’s draft. Williams figures to be in that equation, and he has the size and speed to at least catch the Patriots’ eye as they look to finally develop an early round receiver.
|NFL Network’s Mike Mayock: Xavier Rhodes and Terrance Williams could be possible fits in New England||02.19.13 at 12:56 am ET|
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network weighed in Monday afternoon with some thoughts on this year’s draft, and had some specific thoughts on what the Patriots — who have the No. 29 overall pick, as well as four other selections — might do this year.
“I think when you’re looking at the Patriots at 29, the defensive back thing, whether it’s a corner or safety, to me needs to continue to be worked on with New England,” he said. “There is also some unpredictability about their wide receiver position. Starting with Wes Welker and moving right through their depth chart, Deion Branch, Julian Edelman, [Donte] Stallworth, all of those guys technically are unrestricted free agents.
“You’d like it to matchup with the need, obviously, and the needs would be wide receiver, d-backs, maybe another edge rusher,” he added. “I think Bill goes in with an open mind; ‘OK, who is going to fall to me at 29? And do I trade out if I don’t like what’s there?’ Which is always a possibility to trade down. Or can I get some value there?”
Mayock specifically mentioned Florida State defensive back Xavier Rhodes and Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams as possible fits for New England at No. 29. Rhodes is a 6-foot-2 cornerback who had seven picks over the course of his college career. Meanwhile, the 6-foot-2 Williams finished the 2012 season with 97 catches for 1,832 yards and 12 touchdowns.
“He’s a 215-pound corner from Florida State. He might now has mostly second-round grades as a corner or a safety, depending on what he runs,” Mayock said of Rhodes. “The wide receiver position we talked about earlier, who is going to be available at 29? The kid from Baylor, big, good looking, height, width, speed guy in Terrance Williams.
“I think when you start getting down to the late first round, it’s really hard projecting,” Mayock said. “It’s going to be value, hopefully a position of need. If not position of need, somebody slides through that’s a great football player, if not, we’ve got to trade.”