Los Angeles Chargers NFL Draft Profile: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Measurements

  • Height: 6’1 1/2″
  • Weight: 179 pounds
  • Arms: 32 1/8 inches
  • Hands: 9 1/4 inches

Combine results

* Did not participate in NFL Combine drills

Statistics

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Williams is a St. Louis native who attended Cardinal Ritter College Prep, recording 22 touchdowns and led his school to the Class 3 State Championship Game as a senior. He also broke Ezekiel Elliot’s 300 meter state record and holds two state titles in track and field. Considered a four-star prospect entering the college ranks, Williams spent his first two years at Ohio State, playing reserve and helping on special teams. In 2021, he entered the transfer portal and moved to Alabama.

Joining the Crimson Tide, Williams put his full arsenal on display, making 79 receptions for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. His breakthrough speed propelled him to the top of the 2022 wide receiver draft class. He was named first-team All-SEC receiver and was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the top receiver in the nation. During Alabama’s national championship game against Georgia, Williams suffered a torn ACL. Two months from the surgery, he has already started doing minor calisthenics without much strength behind. If he continues to progress, Williams could start running when the draft rolls around. At the NFL Combine, he told reporters he was ahead of his rehabilitation process.

Benefits

  • Smooth route runner with great acceleration
  • Flashes quickly on screens
  • Additional burst at the top of the lanes
  • Large grip radius
  • Can shake coverage on short and long runs, creating frequent separation
  • Outstanding after take, work through traffic
  • Brings value as a kick returner
  • Adequate playing strength to fight against tacklers
  • Secure hands
  • Offers versatility to handle jet sweeps and bypasses
  • Faced with high-level competition

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The inconvenients

  • Coming out of a notorious injury
  • The body is a little thin
  • Long strider, in and out breaks
  • The end of the routes could include better finishes
  • Most college production came in one season

Charger Compatibility

The ideal fit of Williams’ scheme includes its out-of-location deployment or a group set-based system, allowing for more free versions. He would fit in with the Chargers, taking a combination of shots from the slot lineout and along the boundary. With Mike Williams and Keenan Allen headlining, Williams would be thinking of providing Los Angeles with a legitimate field expander. The Chargers lack speed and Williams has plenty of Burst to deepen their routes quickly. With the upper-arm talent that quarterback Justin Herbert possesses, adding a burner to threaten the deepest part of the field could be just what it takes to make the Chargers’ offense the best unit in the league.

Projected draft slot: Medium to late first round

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