Greedy Williams 2019 NFL Draft Profile

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Greedy Williams
BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 22: Greedy Williams #29 of the LSU Tigers defends during a game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Overview
Position: Cornerback
Height: 6’2″
Weight:185 pounds
School: LSU Tigers

Combine Performance Data
40-yard dash: 4.37 seconds

Greedy Williams 2019 NFL Draft Profile

LSU has been labeled as ‘DBU’ for producing exceptional defensive backs the past decade and 2019 is no exception. Born with the name Andraez Williams, the cornerback out of LSU grew up in Shreveport, LA. Williams was given the nickname “Greedy” by his grandmother because as a toddler, he was always hogging the milk. That nickname also happens to suit his style of play at the cornerback position as he became dominant at the collegiate level.

Before LSU, Williams was making noise for himself while at Calvary Baptist Academy. He finished his prep career with 170 tackles, 10 pass breakups, and five interceptions. Williams helped his team win the state title in 2013 and 2014 and was ranked as the state’s 20th best prospect by 247Sports. The four-star recruit eventually committed to LSU and redshirted the 2016 season.

As a redshirt freshman in 2017, Williams put his name on the map by recording 38 tackles, 17 passes defended and 11 pass breakups while leading the SEC with six interceptions. He was named first-team all-SEC and was named third-team all-American┬áby the Associated Press. Williams entered the 2018 season with big expectations and continued to play the role of a shutdown corner for the Tigers defense. He finished the year with 33 tackles, 11 pass deflections, nine pass breakups, and two interceptions. While the interception totals may be low, do not let that fool you. Opposing quarterbacks made sure not to throw Williams’ way in 2018. At the end of the season, Williams finished as a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award before declaring for the draft.

Strengths

  • ideal size and length for the position of boundary cornerback;
  • possesses great technique in press man coverage;
  • physical at the line of scrimmage;
  • has exceptional instincts when breaking for the ball;
  • above average hands, plays the ball in the air well;
  • uses eyes well to read the quarterback while covering ground in zone coverage;
  • possesses very smooth and fluid hips;
  • plays the hands of the wide receiver very well and will break up passes with consistency;
  • almost never is caught out of position;
  • recognizes route patterns and baits quarterbacks very well;

Weaknesses

  • can get thrown off by the more physical receivers;
  • lacks elite makeup speed;
  • does not always turn head and look back for the ball in the air on deep passes;
  • struggles to get off wide receivers’ blocks;
  • not strong tackler in the open field;
  • provides very little run support;

NFL Comparison: Trumaine Johnson

Teams with a need at the position: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers

Projection: Mid to late first round

Bottom Line

Williams is a special talent at the corner position and teams will be drooling over him after he proved how fast he was at the NFL combine. His technique could still use some polishing but he is a corner that can come in and start for an NFL defense right away. Look for teams that use a lot of press man coverage and aggression at the line of scrimmage to go after Williams in the first round. He should follow the footsteps of guys like Patrick Peterson, Tre’Davious White and Donte Jackson and excel at the next level.

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