Photo of Marcus Williams
Drafted By: Saints
  • Round 2
  • Pick 10
  • Overall 42

Combine Results

Grade
5.82 ?
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 43.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 129.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.85 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.26 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"They got a corner in the first round with Marcus Lattimore. Now they get a free safety, a center-fielder. They've got to affect the pass game. They were by far the worst defense in football against the pass." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 202LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

Utah's secret to football success has been their coaches' ability to find three-star recruits out of California to make the trip to Salt Lake City. Williams, a Corona native, continued that trend and contributed immediately, starting six times as a true freshman (59 tackles, INT, two forced fumbles.) In 2015, he started every game, garnering first-team all-conference (66 tackles, five INT, five pass breakups), and academic all-conference honors (4.0 high school GPA). Williams missed time in 2016 with an injury but still was named second-team All-Pac-12 with 64 tackles, five interceptions and three pass breakups.

Analysis

Strengths

Athletic and instinctive from high safety. Easy hips with smooth feet in his backpedal. Able to play from deep positioning and still make plays on the ball. Good recognition of quarterback’s intentions gives him a head-start on the throw. Has desired open-field speed to close from hash to sideline. Former basketball player and high-jumper with the leaping ability and timing to win the 50-50 throws. Posted 10 interceptions against 44 targets over last two seasons. Productive tackler and careful finisher. Steps downhill against the run. Leverages ball carriers to the sideline and rarely lets him cross back over into middle of the field. Gathers feet and widens out to unfurl a wider tackling net.

Weaknesses

Needs to add some muscle on his slim frame. More of a finesses safety than hitter. Takes the worst of it in one-on-one tackles. Can be dragged along for additional yardage. Plays with a hitch in his transition from backpedal. Occasionally follows quarterback's eyes too carefully and can be manipulated.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

NFL Comparison

Justin Simmons

Bottom Line

Ball-hawking free safety who has outstanding ball skills and has shown a propensity for causing turnovers. He can play from a high centerfield spot and utilizes his instincts to swoop down and challenge throws. He's able to get running backs down, but he’s not physical enough to be a combination safety. NFL teams love defensive backs with athletic traits, instincts and ball skills. If he works out well before the draft, he should move up team boards.
-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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