Photo of P.J. Williams
Drafted By: Saints
  • Round 3
  • Pick 14
  • Overall 78

Combine Results

5.74 ?
  • 4.57 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 40.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 132.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.28 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Remember, the Saints signed Brandon Browner in free agency. Williams can play corner or free safety." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 194LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands


In 2014, selected second-team All-ACC with 11 passes defensed, but also allowed five touchdown passes. Selected honorable mention All-ACC in 2013 and was the Defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game against Auburn. Key contributor during 27-1 run for Seminoles over last two seasons. Played in all 14 games as a freshman in 2012. Was Vanguard High School's (Ocala, Fla.) first ever Under Armour All-American. Recently starred in viral video where he cleared a box jump that was estimated to be nearly 60 inches high. Arrested for DUI on April 3 in Tallahassee, Fla. Pleaded not guilty to charge and case was dismissed April 27.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds
Vertical jump: 41 inches
Broad jump: 11 feet, 3 inches



Possesses desired height, weight and speed. Able to face up and handle business from press coverage all game long. Bump-and-run specialist. Length and strength to put a receiver into detour mode off the jam. Waits to open hips up until receiver has committed to his release. Able to turn, run and close. Has feel to stay wired on inside or outside releases. Able to get on top of vertical routes and smother. Can carry speed down the field. Outstanding timing and ball skills to knock throw away. Instinctive and aware, extending outside of his area to make plays. Sure tackler in open field with second gear to explode into ball carriers.


Physical down the field and could take time to acclimate to NFL illegal-contact rules. Stays on high-side down the field, opening himself to easy comebacks. Appears to lose some interest when asked to cover in zone. Won't be able to consistently jam savvy NFL receivers off the line. Motor runs hot and cold. Shows up ready when stakes are high, but puts it in cruise control and play looks less motivated against lesser opponents. Inconsistent to step downhill and attack the run.

Draft Projection

Round 2

Sources Tell Us

"I think his best position will end up being safety. He's strong enough as a tackler to make the move and his cover skills are what most teams are looking for from safeties now. He would be the second safety off the board if you project him there." - NFC general manager "Can't run. The more I watch him, the more limited I realize he's going to be." - NFC defensive backs coach

NFL Comparison

Stephon Gilmore

Bottom Line

Cover cornerback with the talent to play on an island, and the swagger to regroup and forget when beaten. Williams can cover outside or from the slot, and has potential to come in and start right away for an aggressive man-cover defense. Williams had some issues recovering when beaten deep and may end up making a move to safety on the next level. He has the talent to be a capable NFL starter at either position.
-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.