In my opinion, any team past the Detroit Lions at #8 who passes on Greedy Williams is just flat-out making a mistake.
I’ll honestly be shocked if the Lions don’t select him – they need to find a more reliable playmaker opposite Darius Slay in the secondary.
Williams was an first-team all-conference selection (again) this past season, as well as an Associated Press second-team All-American after starting 12 games, posting 33 tackles, two interceptions, and nine PBU’s.
He is quite literally everything you would look for in a shutdown cornerback – He’s long and athletic whilst being smooth and fluid in 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 might need to get a little stronger, but he has the talent and traits to become a CB1 right away.
Having said that, here’s how he matched up against first-round prospect DK Metcalf, who has at least 40lbs on him…
As you can see, what he lacks strength he more than makes up for by using his length, recognition and speed.
Greedy’s route recognition matched with his agility allows him to close out on the ball and find the passing lanes – and most importantly – make plays on the ball.
He had eight picks in his final 24 games in college as a starter, even whilst opposition quarterbacks usually looked to avoid him.
The biggest knock on Greedy, and why some think he’s overrated and a late first-round pick is his inconsistency in tackling.
Give me a break.
Although some GM’s still fail to realise it, the NFL is – and has been for the last 10 years – a passing league. Only one team last year, the Seattle Seahawks, ran the ball more than they passed and their players have literally openly spoken about how they ran the ball too much. They will certainly look to do things differently in 2019.
If you can’t stop the pass, you’re not going to win football games. Period.
Furthermore, Greedy is not a terrible tackling corner, by any means. He can tackle. With good coaching, he could be a great tackler – he has all the traits.
What he does, in my opinion better than Denzel Ward (who went 4th overall to the Cleveland Browns in last year’s draft) is stop the pass.
In most analysts and experts mock drafts (including mine – I’m such a hypocrite) you’ll see Greedy in the 20’s. Some even have him out of the first-round entirely. If that happens, I will buy everyone who reads this article a beer.
In zone coverage, he’s great. In man, he’s even better.
He has the size, speed, awareness and ball skills. He has a great attitude, and a great name.
Every defensive coordinator wants a cornerback like Greedy. He’s a guy you can genuinely turn to and say, Okay, go do a job on DeAndre Hopkins in man coverage all game. Will he get beat at times? Sure. Will he beat the likes of Hopkins, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones at times? Sure!
His college teammates love him, he talks shit and he backs it up.
Greedy Williams is a guy I want on my team.
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