JamesonWilliamsPackers

Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jameson Williams (1) runs after a catch against the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers own two picks in the first round (Nos. 22 and 28) of the 2022 NFL draft. In this “Packers draft profile” series, we will look at several options for Green Bay in the first round and dissect their collegiate careers, highlight reel and how they would fit with the team.

In this edition, we look at Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams.

OVERVIEW

Williams started his career at Ohio State but was seldom on the field in his first two seasons due to a loaded wide receiver room. In his one season with the Crimson Tide, Williams filled up box scores on a weekly basis.

The sure-handed Williams finished his lone season with Alabama piling up 79 receptions for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. Williams had four receptions for 65 yards early on in the national championship against Georgia but was forced out early with what ended up being a torn ACL.

While some may bump his draft stock down a notch due to his knee injury, Williams stated at the beginning of March he is ahead of schedule in his rehab.

"I was hearing 5-to-7 months, but I'm hearing I'm ahead of schedule," said Williams while attending the NFL combine. "I'm six weeks out of surgery right now. I've been walking without the brace for two weeks, without the crutch for three weeks. Hopefully things keep going on this track, and I'll be back as soon as possible."

NFL COMBINE RESULTS

40-yard dash: N/A

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Vertical jump: N/A

Broad jump: N/A

3 cone drill: N/A

20-yard shuttle: N/A

FILM ROOM

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

“Linear route-runner with electric long speed to impact a game as a home-run hitter or decoy drawing defenders away from other elements of the offense. Williams ruins man coverage but faces some limitations. He has issues getting off press cleanly and might require some scheming to help get off the mark cleanly against certain corners. Catch toughness can be inconsistent when contested or in heavily trafficked areas. He has all the juice to find consistent separation on vertical, over and post/corner routes and could see monstrous production if paired with a high-end talent at quarterback. The ACL tear could play a role in determining his ultimate draft destination, but it's unlikely to change his game.” - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

“Williams is a smooth route-runner that has the quickness to win early in route progressions and quickly makes himself available for the quarterback. He’s a quick accelerator that pushes routes vertical then has the ability to sink his hips and quickly snap off routes. Excels at running deep routes. He understands how to properly leverage defenders on deep routes and then make a cut and use his speed to run away from them. Williams is a big play waiting to happen that seamlessly made the transition into the Alabama offense.” - The Draft Network

HOW HE FITS

Green Bay lost both Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling this offseason. With the latter, they lost their main source of a deep threat down the field. Even with Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard returning, there currently is no downfield threat in the wide receiver room. Williams would offer all of that and more.

Even though Green Bay hasn’t taken a wide receiver in the first round since 2002, it seems likely the Packers will use at least one of their first four picks (all in the top 60) on a wide receiver. If Williams is on the board at No. 22, Green Bay may just pull the trigger.

Williams has legit speed and is the type of wideout that can take the lid off a defense. The Packers can go a lot of directions at wide receiver in the draft but they certainly need to address the fact that there isn’t a burner on the roster.

Pending a continued smooth ride through his rehab, it’s entirely possible that Williams could be ready to go early on in the 2022 season and that’s exactly what Green Bay needs. Bringing back Aaron Rodgers on an extension is a sign that this team is going all-in for the now while trying to capitalize on a championship window. Either way, Williams has the pedigree to be a top-flight wide receiver in the NFL, and perhaps the best of the Class of 2022.

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