Although he needs to get stronger as a route-runner, his other attributes set him up to succeed while he is working to round out his game.
Just about every NFL team was represented at the workouts of the most talented performers from the reigning national champions. Every team picking in the first half of the first round had to come away impressed with the 6-4, 218-pound Williams. The handful of coaches there were tied to his wide draft range — from Mike Mularkey and the Titans (No. 5 overall) to Mike Tomlin and the Steelers (No. 30 overall).
Williams’ coach at Clemson, Dabo Swinney, didn’t need to make a hard sell to those teams that his former No. 1 can remain that kind of game-changer in the NFL.
With Mike Williams, if there is only one (defender) on him, he is open. If there is two, they better be real tight on him. He is a handful and definitely NFL ready, Swinney said.
Ross can flat-out fly. The other wideout vying to be the first off the board at the position, Western Michigan is Corey Davis (6-3, 209 pounds), rivals Williams as a big target in the red zone, but he is more limited as a deep threat.
Chicago is looking for an anti-Jay Cutler, a change from pure, strong-armed gunslinger to someone who rests his laurels on accuracy and strong decision-making to go along with his mobility.
Trubisky is built to be a good rhythm passer in the Bears’ system as opposed to streaky, frustrating inconsistency. Mike Glennon was paid to be a short-term starter, and Trubisky can offer them much-needed lasting talent at the position.