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Profiling the Prospects: Clemson WR Mike Williams shined in big games with big numbers


Over the next month, will break down some of the best players in this year's NFL Draft class and what they could bring to Cleveland's youth-laden roster.*

Name:WR Mike Williams, Clemson

Measurables: 6-foot-4, 218 pounds

What makes him a first-round pick?

After a broken neck sidelined him in 2015, Williams was simply dominant during Clemson's national title campaign last season. He caught 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns, becoming something of quarterback and fellow top draft prospect Deshaun Watson's go-to target.’s Lance Zierlein compares Williams, a 6-foot-4, 218-pounder, to former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, writing he "looks the part of a WR1 and has shown an ability to work all three levels of the field."

"Williams is tough enough to be a high-volume target while working the middle of the field and his size and ball skills make him a formidable foe in the end zone," Zierlein continued. "He'll have to be coached up with his routes and releases, but he has the talent to become a big safety blanket for a young quarterback"

Biggest college moment?

Williams put up huge numbers throughout the regular season, but it's hard not to look at the damage he did against Ohio State and Alabama in the college football playoff. Against two of the best defenses in the country (ones filled with fellow first-round draft prospects), Williams caught a combined 14 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown.


Clemson WR Mike Williams caught 98 passes for 1,361 yards in 2016.

How did he do at the combine?**

Williams showed off his athleticism at the Combine, but chose to run his 40-yard dash at Clemson's Pro Day two weeks ago. It was worth the wait, as Williams clocked a 4.56 and dispelled questions over his straightline speed. "I knew I was fast, I was hearing people saying, 'Mike Williams is a 4.7 guy.' I knew I was faster than that," Williams told NFL Network's Mike Mayock. "I  just wanted to come out here and prove those people wrong, and I did that today."

Quote to know

"I come out and compete every day and have fun. Compete with some of the best in the ACC, played against some of the best this year, who y'all have some of the best-rated cornerbacks in (Alabama CB Marlon) Humphreys and (Ohio State CB Marshon) Lattimore."

Why he would make sense for the Browns?

Williams produced against the best of the best and has the toolbox to translate that production to the next level. He could be a playmaker for a Browns team that parted ways with leading receiver Terrelle Pryor last month in free agency.

Reasons why he won't be available at No. 12?

Williams should offer the Titans, Jets, Chargers, Panthers, Bills and Bengals plenty of intrigue before Cleveland's back on the clock at 12.

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