Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams confirmed on Wednesday that he intends to apply for early eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
Williams (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) is considered one of the top prospects in college football. He uses his size to make tough, contested downfield catches, and posted two 1,000-yard seasons in his CU career. He caught 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns in a 14-1 national championship year for Clemson, after overcoming a neck fracture that cost him almost the entire 2015 season.
Williams has been compared to former Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, and a Giants scout said in September that Williams is already playing on an NFL level. Swinney has described him as a more complete draft prospect than former Clemson star DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans. Williams told College Football 24/7 after Clemson's 35-31 win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game on Monday night that his decision had been made for some time.
"That's the best way to leave, with a national championship," Williams said. "... I always knew (I would apply for the draft)."
Williams is a fourth-year junior and earned his undergraduate degree last month. College underclassmen have until a Monday deadline to file for early draft eligibility.