Photo of Brandon Williams
Drafted By: Cardinals
  • Round 3
  • Pick 30
  • Overall 92

Combine Results

Grade
5.39 ?
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.85 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.19 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.27 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He has big-time speed and athleticism. He can carry the vertical routes easy with that speed, but those double moves will get him. There are a lot of raw tools to work with here." -- Daniel Jeremiah

  • 5'11" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 197LBS. Weight
  • 8 5/8" Hands

Overview

Oklahoma claimed a major recruiting victory by bringing in the five-star, top-20 overall recruit out of Texas. Williams played eight games as a true freshman (219 rush yards), suffering a neck injury in the finale, from which he fully recovered. However, the Sooners' logjam at the running back position and Williams' desire to be closer to his young daughter caused him to transfer to A&M. He attempted to have the NCAA waive the transfer requirement of sitting out a season, but was denied. Williams played a part in the Aggies' offense in 2013 (44-269, one touchdown) and 2014 (379 yards, three touchdowns; 9-65 receiving) before switching to the cornerback position. He wound up starting all 13 games last fall at that position, making 37 tackles, one for loss, and seven pass breakups. The athleticism he showed on defense gave NFL scouts enough to chew on that they pushed for his inclusion in the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Has very good size and overall build for the position. Extremely raw, but has projectable NFL traits. Flashed a quality burst to the ball from his backpedal. Steady and sure tackler with enough mass on his frame to hit and stick to big receivers and running backs coming his way. Blazing straight-line recovery speed. Has potential to be a very good cover man as gunner on punt coverage.

Weaknesses

Has just one season of experience at the position. Learning curve is unpredictable and could be prolonged. Slow to process combo routes and find shifting zone responsibilities. Still learning to sit in receiver's pocket when he's pinned to the sideline. Faster than quick and allows entirely too much separation at this juncture. Stiff in his transition and missing confidence and instincts at this time.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3 or 4

Sources Tell Us

"He's going to have a great workout at the combine and get overdrafted. Frankly, I was surprised he was even invited." --­ NFC area scout

NFL Comparison

Nick Marshall

Bottom Line

Williams began his transition from running back to cornerback in fall camp so any draft grades that NFL teams give him will be based purely on projection. The tape was often unkind to Williams who had to face off against SEC competition with nothing more than athleticism and guile. NFL teams will look at the traits and see a player who fits the mold and who should improve with more coaching. Williams could be drafted substantially higher than my grade based on traits, but there is no guarantee he will progress quickly enough to stick long-term.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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