NFL draft scouting report: Alabama WR Jameson Williams

Alabama WR Jameson Williams

180 pounds

Yahoo Sports’ 2022 NFL draft grade

6.49 — possible first-rounder; possible immediate-impact prospect

Here’s how we use our prospect grades for the 2021 NFL draft. (Albert Corona/Yahoo Sports)

TL;DR scouting report

Explosive vertical threat who plays with an edge broke out in 2021, but a torn ACL likely will wipe out a chunk of his rookie season

The skinny

A 4-star Rivals recruit (No. 87 nationally) in the Class of 2019, Williams committed to Ohio State over many Big Ten and SEC schools. He spent two seasons there amid a crowded receiver group, catching 15 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns in 22 career games. Prior to the 2021 season, Williams transferred to Alabama and immediately claimed a starting spot. In 15 games last season, he caught 79 passes for 1,572 yards and 15 TDs; returned 10 kickoffs for 352 yards and two TDs; and rushed three times for 23 yards. He suffered a torn ACL in the national championship game vs. Georgia but declared for the 2022 NFL draft following the season.

Alabama WR Jameson Williams was arguably the best big-play threat in college football last season. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Game-breaking speed when healthy — forces defenders to alter their geometry in pursuit

Absurd big-play production in 2021 — 11 touchdowns of 30-plus yards, including four TDs of 70-plus

True home-run hitter who can take the top off a defense — demands deep safety attention

Reaches max mph quickly

High-school hurdler with outstanding lower-body explosion and burst

Changes route speeds — will hit corners with off-speed pitches, followed by late heat

Once he stacks a corner, it’s usually over

Surprising length (6-1 1/2 with 32 1/4-inch arms) to catch balls outside his frame

Not just a deep threat — averaged nearly 10 yards…


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