Photo of Chad Williams
Drafted By: Cardinals
  • Round 3
  • Pick 34
  • Overall 98
5.0 ?

Draft Analysis:

"This is an intriguing wideout. I really like his talent and ability. There wasn't much buzz on him because of some off-the-field concerns." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'1" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 204LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands


Williams ran into legal troubles in the offseason before his senior year. He was charged with marijuana possession and possession of firearms after LSU campus police checked out a parked vehicle in which he sitting. On the field in 2016, however, Williams excelled after sitting a one-game suspension for the offense. He led the SWAC with 90 catches for 1,337 yards and 11 touchdowns and was named a second-team FCS All-American and first-team all-conference pick for his efforts in leading the Tigers to a SWAC championship. Williams also was a first-team All-SWAC pick in 2015 (64-1,012, 10 TD). He played a reserve role as a freshman (11-141, two TD) and then became the team's second-leading receiver in 2014 (45-572, five TD).



Plays bigger than his size. Confident in his hands and snatches the ball way out in front of this frame. Shows some physicality after the catch and isn't easy to bring down. Hung 13 catches for 152 yards on Arizona early in the season. Uses body as a shield between the throw and the defender and can play as big as he needs to in space.


Early route speed is below average. Takes too long to get to the top of his routes. Straight-liner. Heavy feet and stiff hips prevent shakes and jukes to allude early tacklers. Needs to run under the deep ball rather than gliding down the field. Can improve his adjustments on low throws. Character will need to be vetted thoroughly.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Bottom Line

Heavily targeted and highly productive against a lower level of competition. Williams has decent size and ball skills, but looks slow on tape with very disjointed route work. He needs to run well at his workout, but even if he does, he's a developmental prospect rather than an early helper.
-Lance Zierlein
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