Andraez Williams

LSU
CB

Prospect Info

College
LSU
Hometown
Class
Shreveport, LA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
185 lbs
31 1/2”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

6.18
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Cleveland
Browns
Round 2 ‧ Pick 14
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Andraez "Greedy" Williams was given his nickname by his grandmother when he was young. Opposing quarterbacks do not disagree with that label, as he attacks the ball as if it was his alone. Williams helped Shreveport's Calvary Academy win state titles in 2013 and 2014 and secured all-state honors as a senior while receiving four-star recruiting grades. Williams also played youth football with another LSU star, linebacker Devin White. He redshirted his first year in Baton Rouge due to the team's depth at corner. When starter Kevin Tolliver was suspended for the 2017 season opener, Williams took advantage by intercepting a pass. He continued to start in every game that season, posting 38 tackles and leading the SEC with six picks and 1.3 passes defended per game (11 pass breakups). SEC coaches rightfully named him first-team all-conference for his efforts, and the Associated Press tabbed him third-team All-American. Williams was a first-team all-conference selection again in 2018, as well as an Associated Press second-team All-American after starting 12 games, posting 33 tackles, two interceptions, and nine pass breakups. He chose not to play in the team's bowl game to prepare for the draft. Williams' brother, Rodarius, was a redshirt sophomore starting cornerback at Oklahoma State in 2018, though he was born about 15 months before Greedy.
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Overview
Long, athletic cornerback who is more smooth and fluid than twitchy and sudden in his coverage. Williams has the instincts and tools to play a variety of coverages, but his length and pattern-matching talent will likely get him drafted to handle press-man duties. His ball production dropped a little from 2017 and he continued to struggle with finding the ball downfield, but he is rarely ever out of position. He needs to get stronger and more competitive in run support, but he has the talent and traits to become a CB1.
Strengths
  • Tall, long and disruptive
  • Length to slow receiver's looking to get into their work
  • Patient and calm in early phases of coverage
  • Has balance and agility to recover from coverage missteps
  • Maintains route feel and can match receiver's steps
  • Smooth hips to weave with changing leverage of the route
  • Natural feel for body positioning down the sideline
  • Good ball production over two years as starter
  • Balances eyes between receiver and quarterback from off-man and zone
  • Route recognition allows for early close-outs
  • Long strides drive and find passing lanes
  • Uses long arms to agitate the catch-point
Weaknesses
  • Needs to add muscle and strength
  • Can be jostled by physical receivers
  • Release mirror is average
  • Lacks initial quickness to stick crossing routes from slot
  • Average early recovery burst
  • Needs to eliminate grabbing and clutching from trail
  • Consistent issues locating football when back is to the ball
  • Plays the hands instead of the football
  • Pass breakups due to length more than twitch
  • Not competitive enough getting off blocks
  • Below-average tackler with inconsistent strike and wrap technique

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GRADE
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