Prospect Profiles: DJ Williams

DJ WILLIAMS, TE, Arkansas

Triangle Numbers: 6-2,251, 4.62

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
• Naturally athletic and very smooth
• Great speed, quickness and agility
• Soft, reliable hands and good concentration
• Nice ball skills and terrific body control
• Runs excellent routes and able to separate
• Can get verticle and stretch the seam
• Runs hard and creates after the catch
• Aggressive and gives great effort as a blocker
• Tough and virtually fearless on the field
• Hard worker and leader with top intangibles
• Durable and will play through pain / injuries
• Productive with a lot of quality experience
• Offers some positional versatility

Weaknesses:
• Below average height and bulk with short arms
• Is not very strong or powerful
• Size limits effectiveness as a blocker
• Won’t be a fit for every team or system
• Might be a bit of a ‘tweener

Notes:
Was a three-year starter for the Razorbacks — Could project to Tight End, H-Back or even Fullback at the next level — Won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end in 2010 — Named 1st Team All-SEC in 2008 and 2010 — Comes from a rough upbringing, where his drug addicted father abused his mother and is presently serving concurrent prison sentences of 25 and 27 years for separate convictions of attempted murder for shooting an individual and aggravated assault on a public servant while trying to be apprehended by police — Active in the community and tells his story to help combat spousal abuse — Named the 2010 Disney Spirit Award recipient, which is given to the most inspirational figure in college football — Certainly isn’t a prototypical prospect at the position but is a dangerous pass catching threat who offers more as a blocker than you would think — Needs to be in the  right situation and role to excel.

VikingsGab:

Strengths: Williams brings three years worth of experience in a pro-style offense that was diverse in its makeup. He lined up as a traditional end, in the slot, and as a fullback. Shows good release quickness off the line and bends his shoulder with subtlety to avoid the jam when releasing. Very good on the delayed release when chipping defenders.

Knows when to settle into a zone and help his quarterback; was asked to run coverage option routes. Sharp route runner when breaking inside and out on his short and intermediate patterns. Better quickness than long speed; shows the short area burst to separate from tight coverage. Runs determined after the catch, dropping pads and churning his legs through tacklers. No hesitation when facing contact. Very willing blocker who continued to improve his technique on in-line blocking and in space. Highly regarded as a team leader and heavily active in community service.

Needs Improvement: Size and strength is only adequate as an in-line blocker and has trouble driving lineman off the ball. Overpowered by defensive ends in pass protection. Capable of making the tough catch but also dropped a good share of routine throws. Lacks the long speed to be a consistent threat down the seam. Not a big pass target.

Bottom Line: D.J. Williams is a complete team player and showed he could do everything a team would ask from a professional tight end. He played in a combination offense that offered both power and spread formations which will help him acclimate to an NFL playbook. The only thing Williams lacks is overall height and deep speed to be considered an elite prospect.

He was a consistent safety valve for his quarterback at Arkansas and routinely moved the chains as a reliable third down option. Blocking will likely always be a slight concern, but not due to effort or technique, only pure size. Williams has played at a heavier weight in the past but it really affected his athleticism and production. From a skill set standpoint he reminds me a bit of Bo Scaife, and should find a similar niche and production as Scaife has had in an NFL offense. Overall, Williams is a reliable player who brings high character both on and off the field.

Draft Projection: Mid 2nd to early 3rd round.

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Athletic… Good speed… Strong… Gets off the LOS quickly… Runs reasonably good routes… Good flexibility, body control and balance… Finds holes in zone coverage… Adjusts to the ball well… Good receiver… High points the pass… Soft and strong hands… Catches the ball away from his body… Physical… Not afraid to go over the middle of the field… Runs hard… Does not go down easy… Will break some tackles… Better blocker than given credit for, plays with reasonably good leverage… Good perimeter and inside blocker… Good character… Active in community service… Has overcome his abusive father (who remains in jail, with no communication) in upbringing… Won the 2010 Disney Spirit Award, presented to college football’s most inspirational individual… Productive… Could also be considered as an H-Back and fullback… Selected All-SEC first team for the 2010 season and All-SEC second team for the 2008 season… This year’s Aaron Hernandez, but a better blocker.

Negatives: Lacks any real suddenness… Struggles to create separation… Doesn’t hit top speed quickly… Rounds off his routes… Can be slow and tight out of his breaks… Lacks elusiveness in open field… Adequate second level blocker… A little awkward looking in space… Doesn’t break down consistently well and will miss some moving targets… A few inches shorter than ideal.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Certainly an impressive young man, DJ Williams is a mid-round H-back prospect. Tweener, as he’s only 6-2. But, he’s a good pass catcher, natural safety valve, good hands. He’s not going to be a great blocker, but he’s going to get open and make plays. Giants have tight ends. Kevin Boss. Travis Beckum. Bear Pascoe (although he’s likely to remain at fullback). Williams is a luxury pick. There are comparisons to Aaron Hernandez, which would be terrific. Will he reach that potential? Don’t know. But, don’t want to doubt someone like him.

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Jimmy Smith

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LB

Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA

Bruce Carter North Carolina

Greg Jones, Michigan State

Dontay Moch, LB, Nevada

Mason Foster, LB, Washington

KJ Wright, LB, Mississippi State

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2 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: DJ Williams”

  1. Brad keller says:

    DJ Williams will be a steal for someone in the 3rd round.

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