Tavon Austin, Cordarrelle Patterson, Quinton Patton... What do these wide receivers have in common? All three are scheduled to visit the St. Louis Rams – actually, all three already have visited – before this month's draft.
Another college wide out on the Rams pre-draft visits list is Baylor's Terrance Williams.
At 6'2, 208 pounds, the Baylor Bear had a good senior campaign: 97 receptions, 1,832 yards, along with 12 touchdowns. In this year's glut of wide receivers, Williams is projected as a second-rounder.
Here's a analysis on Williams from CBSSports:
Strengths: Gliding athlete with smooth acceleration and long-striding speed. Good body control and balance for his size with smooth transitions and movements. Tracks the ball well downfield and can gain a step with an extra gear to be a legitimate vertical threat. Good focus and reach. Not a burner but catches the ball in stride and has the flexibility to make tough catches.
Strong plant foot in his routes to gain inside position and immediately looks upfield after the catch. Works back to the pocket and has good field awareness, finding open zones and showing the quarterback his numbers. Good effort blocking on the outside and can drive defenders out of the play. Shows some leadership qualities on the field and the sideline.
Weaknesses: Average route runner and needs continued improvement after a limited route tree at Baylor. Stiff ankles and has more build-up speed, lacking quick-twitch start/stop explosion. Didn't see a lot of press coverage in college and at times was able to just run past defensive backs untouched.
Needs to eliminate the mental errors and stay focused with his share of drops. Questionable toughness and doesn't always fight for every yard with a disappointing effort after interceptions, needing to show better effort for all four quarters. A tad too finesse at times and won't break a lot of tackles. Known to chirp at times about not getting the ball, will he be a distraction?
Here is also WalterFootball's draft profile on Terrance by Charlie Campbell:
Reliable hands Deceptive speed Can make tough, contested receptions Good route-runner Enough quickness to get separation Nice run after the catch ability Scheme versatility Quality athlete Red-zone weapon Durable Experienced Polished, well-rounded receiver Adept at finding soft spots in zone
Lacks great speed Not overly big or fast Not very physical with defensive backs Run blocking?
Campbell also compared Williams to Tampa Bay's Mike Williams, saying:
The Buccaneers found out that Williams isn't a No. 1 receiver in the NFL, but he is very good as a No. 2. Terrance Williams could fall into that category. Both players have some speed, but aren't burners. They also have some size, but don't beat cornerbacks solely on size. Terrance Williams will probably go on the second day, while Mike Williams fell to the fourth round because of character concerns.
Here's some game videos on Williams too:
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