- 2013 Senior Bowl, Tight Ends...3. Michael Williams, Alabama. For a guy who's got incredible size (6-5 3/4, 269 pounds) and played on three National Championship teams, you'd expect a higher ranking. But from the start of Senior Bowl practices, Williams struggled as a receiver. He had a number of drops Monday including one in an individual drill. As a blocker he's tough to beat and that sets him up to be a physical second tight end who could show up as a short-area end-zone target. A team will see his size and experience and get enamored with him enough to spend a third-round pick. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com
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STRENGTHS: Large frame that he uses as both a receiver and blocker. Gets his nose dirty as a run blocker and can be mistaken for an offensive linemen with his ability in the trenches to redirect and overpower defenders. Adjusts well to passes with better body control than expected. Nice job selling routes and working hard to get open. Tough to bring down after the catch to pick up extra yards. Large, reliable hands with good focus to track and length to pluck. Good experience with 40 career starts for a championship program.
WEAKNESSES: Lumbering athlete and lacks consistent speed to separate. Stiff-hipped and plays tight, lacking natural burst in/out of his breaks. Doesn't always look interested in blocking and needs to bring same consistent tenacity on every snap. Limited production over the years with just 51 catches and seven scores over 40 starts.
Compares To: Jake Ballard, TE, New England Patriots - Williams is a tightly-wound, lumbering athlete who is a better blocker than receiver, but can do both at the NFL level, similar to Ballard.