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Washington Redskins 2017 Draft Profiles: Marcus Williams, FS

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2017 NFL prospects that could contribute to the Redskins

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Marcus Williams, FS
School: Utah | Conference: PAC-12
College Experience: Junior | Age: 20
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 195 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 2nd Round
NFL Comparison: Reggie Nelson

College Statistics

Player Overview

Marcus Williams is a rangy athlete. He has an increasingly rare combination of size, speed, ball skills, and football IQ that made him one of the best player makers in the country. In the pass-heavy PAC-12 Williams had a lot of opportunities to make an impact. He did that in coverage and in pursuit. Williams instincts shine at the FS position. He baits QB’s into throws and can cover the field from the single high spot. Williams is no slouch either against the run. He has solid tackling skills and makes an effort to pry the ball out of an opponent's grasp when given the opportunity. I would not be surprised at all if Williams snuck into the back of the 1st round and went to a team like the Falcons or Patriots.

Strengths

  • Understands space and angles when playing deep. He is very instinctive and can see routes develop in front of him and make early breaks on the ball to make plays.
  • Great athlete for the position. Has the range to cover sideline to sideline. Has the ability to go up and get it and come down with lobbed passes or 50/50 balls.
  • Consistent and productive tackler.

Weaknesses

  • Could stand to add more quality mass. Strength training could go up a notch as well. I saw him taken for a ride on a few tackles this season.
  • Can be caught peaking by a smart QB and lured out of position.

Let’s see his work:

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

Marcus Williams is NFL ready for the most part. Williams is the type of player you draft who can be solid for years and lock down the position allowing you to build around him. I’d love if the Skins pulled the trigger and selected him in the second. He will have some growing pains going against the improved competition but he seems like the type of kid who is up to the task and who learns from his mistakes. Where a player like Williams will help the Redskins most is if he continues to develop his already refined vision, coverage, and ball hawking ability. The Redskins will most likely need an influx of takeaways in their secondary to remain competitive in the division much less around the league. Williams can immediately help there and if he improves his already willing physicality he will be a force coming up to the LOS to defend the run as well.