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Scouting Profile: P.J. Williams, CB, FSU

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Mock Draftable chart: http://mockdraftable.com/player/4989/


Games watched: vs Louisville, vs Clemson, vs Oklahoma State


The Good:


Prototypical corner build. 6'0" 195 lbs. 


Very good player in run support. Often stuffs runningbacks for minimal gains. Sheds blocker well too. Can be a strong tackler.

  ex.  http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=254194&gif=BronzeClassicBlackwidowspider

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253765&gif=ColdUnrulyChipmunk

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253765&gif=NearThunderousHornet

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253756&gif=AliveHeartfeltBasenji



Great press ability at the LOS. Can effectively throw WRs off their route when he can jam at the line. 


Flashes ability to explode into ball-carries and WRs. 

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253765&gif=JitteryKindGourami

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253756&gif=MealySickGalapagospenguin


Fluid hips. 


The Bad:


Ok athlete. I think people expected more of him from the combine. He ran a 4.57 and all of his drill aside from explosion drills (broad and vertical) were very sub-par. 


Often gives up too large of a cushion. Does this a lot. 

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=254194&gif=DimpledSparseDowitcher


Change of direction is not good. Combine numbers (3-cone and 20-yard shuttle) back that up.

  ex. http://zippy.gfycat.com/BareWeeklyGordonsetter.webm

  ex. http://gfycat.com/VigorousImaginaryAlligator

Good jam when he gets it, but most competent receivers can get a free-release against him with relative ease.

  ex. http://zippy.gfycat.com/DecentElementaryHammerheadshark.webm


Doesn't track the ball in the air well. Doesn't turn and locate the football.

  ex. http://zippy.gfycat.com/ParchedVapidHorsechestnutleafminer.webm

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253756&gif=DistortedFixedCricket


Very grabby downfield. 


Looks content to just play in his zone. Doesn't really look to go the extra mile in zone coverage. 




If you couldn't tell so far, I don't really like P.J. Williams. I think he's a decent athlete who needs a lot of work with technique. I don't think he's worth any more than a 4th rounder. I don't think the upside as a cover corner is there. He just doesn't have the physical traits. He will make a good backup for a press-man scheme, with upside as a run defender. He can also be a very good special teams player. 


Projected Round: 3rd

NFL Comparison: Brandon Browner without Browner's size. 

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I think he's a high 2nd rounder wether he deserves it or not. I could also see him sliding to S. I wouldn't be apposed to trading down to the middle of the 2nd, pick up a extra 3rd and picking Williams. I could see him playing well at S, like Devin McCourty.

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"NFL Comparison: Brandon Browner without Browner's size." 


So basically, what you're saying is that PJ gets penalized too often for his punishing style of play then...


If his change of direction isn't good & he gives WR's & TE's too much cushion when defending, that's troubling too as you suggest Dustin. 


That's a long critique for a DB you're not interested in. Maybe you're just being thorough for the benefit of your audience. That's understandable I guess... 

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