With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: Maxx Williams
Position: Tight End
Weight: 250 Pounds
College: University of Minnesota
Class: Redshirt Sophomore
2015 Stats: 36 Receptions, 569 Receiving Yards, 8 Touchdowns
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Max Williams’ pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Williams
Pros: Williams is a phenomenal athlete who runs crisp routes and has good hands. He has great size for a tight end and has good strength. He is very young and his frame still has room to fill out more. He has great field awareness and has made some truly remarkable catches at times in his career. He has phenomenal body control and great length. Has the ability to split out wide and is a willing blocker. He is an incredibly hard worker and has a team-first attitude. While not the most technically sound blocker, he has great recognition and intelligence and knows where to be as a blocker.
Cons: Because he ran routes on almost every passing play, he has never learned how to pass block and that has translated into his overall blocking game. He could easily add ten to fifteen pounds of muscle and gain the strength to become a good run blocker but he needs to improve his technique.
Our Take: Williams is a very good tight end prospect who will be over-drafted because of the weak tight end group. He has the ability to immediately contribute as a pass catcher and as he adds strength, he can become a dominate all around tight end. He has a knack for making big plays and has great, soft hands and field awareness. I believe he is much more polished than Eric Ebron who went in the top 15 and that he has a chance of being drafted that high.
Final Grade: 92 Out of 100
Williams does a lot of things well but to be graded higher than this, he would have needed another year in school to work on his blocking and overall strength. He can come in and make some sort of impact in his rookie year depending on the team but he needs to improve as a blocker to earn a lot of playing time.
Possible Draft Spots: I believe Williams will go in the first round. Teams that need a tight end are the Falcons, Giants, Rams, Vikings, and Dolphins but they are all picking in the top 15. If one of them fall in love with Williams, he could go that high. However, one of those teams could trade down to the middle of the first round or even trade back into the first round to take Williams. Other teams in the first round who could use a tight end are the Texans at 16, Steelers at 22, Cardinals at 24, Ravens at 26, and Seahawks at 31. I doubt Williams will make it out of the first round.