As a Lions fan1 my ears perked up when I read that they’d brought in Tyrell Williams for a pre-draft visit. Who doesn’t love day dreaming about finding a gem late in the draft? So is Williams someone we should monitor?
Williams posted some impressive pro day numbers.
That gives him a speed score of 110.9. His other numbers would put him roughly in the top six for 2015 wide receiver prospects.
Because he went to small school Western Oregon University, he’s not in our database, so I couldn’t use the Box Score Scout to find comparables. But I did plug him into the Freak Score Calculator to get a sense of his potential for scoring touchdowns at the NFL level. He scores a respectable 67, which puts him in this company.
Some duds to be sure, but also some very respectable names. I’m still on board.
Here are Williams’ stats for his final season.
I included TDs/game based on recent work by Max Mulitz, who found it to be a useful indicator. Williams’ 0.8 TD/game is a positive, but his market share numbers are a touch lower than we’d like to see. Especially when we consider that he’s likely an older prospect. I couldn’t find an age for him, but he did play four seasons in college.
Finally, there’s this concern.
Paul Revis was actually the leading receiver for Western Oregon last season. For the record, Revis is a 5 foot 9 inch, 195 pound redshirt freshman. Oh.
To be fair, Williams improved his TD/game rate for three straight seasons, and bumped his DR up five percent from his sophomore and junior seasons. But he never hit 1000 yards or 10 TDs, and never really dominated his team’s passing game.
He’s currently not even ranked at CBS Sports, and despite visits with the Lions, Chargers, and Patriots, remains a long shot to be drafted. He’s definitely athletic and should get a training camp look, with an opportunity to play special teams perhaps. Noted to be “the best athlete on the field,” I would expect him to dominate more. In my opinion he’s not on the fantasy football radar.
- Ugh. (back)