Washington Redskins 2013 NFL Draft Profile: Michael Williams, Tight End, Alabama

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Could the addition of the road grading Alabama tight end take the Redskin’s rushing attack to the next level?

Measurements: Height-6'6" , Weight-278 lbs

Projected Round: 6

Why he would be a good Redskin:

Because he is a gigantic tight end whose size, strength and quick feet will help to him excel as a run blocker in any system. Williams is so big and blocks so well that it is easy to confuse him for a slimmer offensive tackle. He is by no means a dangerous receiving threat, but he could become a useful red zone and short yardage target as he can use his big frame to box out and shield himself from defenders in order to make difficult catches in traffic. He would bring a championship pedigree to the team, and he is a high character player. In 2012, he was awarded Alabama's Pat Trammell award for displaying outstanding merit, leadership and character.

Why he won't be drafted by the Redskins:

As it is in life so it is in football that being nearly 300 lbs does not come without its downside. Williams is not one of those ultra athletic freaks that is both huge and fast; Michael Williams is slow. He did not run at the combine; but his pro day time of 5.20 would have ranked dead last if you compared it to the times posted by the tight ends that did elect to run in Indianapolis. Many offensive lineman even put up better times then he did. This slow straight line speed makes it difficult for him to get separation as a receiver and to stop quick edge rushers in pass protection. Plus, with Fred Davis returning, we already have 3 tight ends that saw extensive playing time last year.

Bottom Line:

So Michael Williams is slow, he's not a great receiver and we already have 3 quality tight ends. However, Fred Davis is just one J away from an extended stay on his couch this season and our current crop of tight ends don't possess nearly the blocking chops that Williams does. He may be the slowest tight end in this year's draft, but he also may be the best blocker of the bunch. If I'm an edge rusher in the NFC East I would hate to imagine having to go through the likes of Michael Williams, Trent Williams and Darrel Young just to get a shot at taking down either RG3 or Alfred Morris.

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