Photo of Maxx Williams
Drafted By: Ravens
  • Round 2
  • Pick 23
  • Overall 55

Combine Results

5.6 ?
  • 4.78 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12.31 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"The Ravens had to get ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers here because Heath Miller is getting older. Williams has a really good catch radius. He reminds me of Kyle Rudolph; a great athlete with big hands." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 1/2" Arm Length
  • 249LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/8" Hands


Early entrant as redshirt sophomore. Comes from impressive, athletic bloodlines. His father, Brian, lettered for the Gophers (1986-88) and played for the New York Giants. His grandfather played quarterback at Notre Dame and was drafted by the Chicago Bears. His mother played volleyball at Minnesota from 1984-87. Named second-team All-American in 2014, All-Big Ten first team and was a Mackey Award finalist for nation's top tight end. Started in 10 games missing one with a calf injury. Set single-season school record for receiving yards and touchdowns for a tight end with 569 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2012, shared Outstanding Offensive Freshman of the Year honors with Donovahn Jones and was named Athlon's Freshman All-America third team and Academic All-Big Ten. Forced to redshirt in 2012 with a bruised sternum. Rated seventh-best player in Minnesota coming out of high school by Rivals and the 48th-ranked tight end according to Scout.



Primarily used as move tight end. Straight-line wheels to beat linebackers and safeties. Accelerates to top speed quickly on crossers and speed outs. Speed to chew up cushion and open a throwing window over the top. Will threaten seam and dominated defenders on wheel routes. Red-zone winner. Can do damage after the catch and shows playmaking aptitude with tight end screens. Extends and goes all out for the catch. Got a foot inbounds on three circus catches. Eighty-two percent of his catches were for either a first down or touchdown. Not easily redirected out of release. Honest effort to stay engaged when base blocking.


Body is a little soft and could use additional weight work to handle NFL hits. Runs upright, rounded routes that lack salesmanship and shake. Leans into breaks, tipping his hand and bringing tighter coverage. Hip tightness stymies ability to sink and cut crisply. Needs to do better job over deep middle of using frame to shield throw from safeties. Won't generate push as an in-line blocker and has limited feel and instincts as a move blocker. Will need route work to create separation on the next level.

Draft Projection

Round 2 or 3

Sources Tell Us

"That Minnesota tight end came across as all about himself from what people in our room said (at the combine). They were a little turned off by him." -- NFC regional scout

NFL Comparison

Jeremy Shockey

Bottom Line

Pass-catching, move tight end with straight-line play speed and an ability to stretch defenses deep. Williams comes from NFL bloodlines and has the self confidence often found in a former player's son, but he needs to improve his route running in order to become a more complete receiving threat. Williams led all college tight ends with 9 explosive catches (25-plus yards) in 2014 and should be an early target for teams looking for pass-catching weapons.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.