Minnesota TE Maxx Williams declares for the NFL Draft


Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams has decided to forgo his final two seasons and declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.  Williams went out with a big against Missouri in the Gophers’ bowl game with a highlight reel catch featuring hurdling one defender and then hurdling a second and having the momentum to get into the end zone for a touchdown.  The tight end class for 2015 is not a big strength and Williams is easily the top prospect of the group now that he is in the draft with the only question remaining to be answered just how high he goes.

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Not only is Williams talented as a space tight end that can make plays like a giant wide receiver, but in a league where the rules favor the tight end position so much as well as a limited supply, Williams could end up going much earlier than he would in a more talented class.  Between inconsistency at the quarterback position and the style of the offense, Williams was not able to stack up numbers the way Jace Amaro was last year out of Texas Tech but that might be the most reasonable recent comparison to see where his draft prospects will start, likely going up from there.  Neither Amaro or Williams are terribly renowned for their blocking at this point and far more feared as a pass catching threat.

Williams played in an offense more easily translate to the NFL in terms of projection, playing from far more inline looks than Amaro did.  Listed at 6’4″ 250lbs, Williams has the size teams love but has shown remarkable body control and agility for the tight end position even if his stats do not illustrate it.