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2016 NFL DRAFT

P.J. Williams, CB

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Ocala, FL
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 194 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
70102-3

Player Overview

A four-star cornerback/S recruit out of high school, Kenneth Lamar "P.J." Williams committed to Florida State as a junior and stuck to his pledge even after late pushes by Miami (Fla.) and Alabama.

He played in 13 games as true freshman reserve in 2012, recording 14 tackles, mostly on special teams coverages. Williams became a starter in 2013 as a sophomore (11 starts) and led the team in passes defended (10) with 35 tackles and three interceptions, earning All-ACC Honorable Mention honors and Defensive MVP honors in the BCS National Title Game.

He started 13 games in 2014 as a junior and finished second on the team in passes defended (11), recording 74 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and one interception, earning First Team All-ACC honors. Williams decided to bypass his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Good blend of size, strength and length for the position...fluid hip movements and looks natural in reverse, limiting wasted steps with smooth change of direction skills...mirrors well at the line of scrimmage with excellent footwork, showing patience and balance in his transition.

Not a quick-twitch type, but shows good read/react quickness...accelerates well with speed to get vertical - was a sprinter in high school (10.68 100-meter dash)...assignment sound and rarely caught off guard with the instincts and feel needed for the position - well-versed in both man and zone coverage...mature eye use and heady ball awareness...aggressive at the catch point and makes it tough on receivers to finish - double-digit passes defended each of the last two seasons.

Feisty at the point of attack and won't back down in the run game, setting the edge to tear through blocks in space...lowers his pads and throws his body around with the physical demeanor and strong hands to finish...effective blitzer with aggressive drive quickness.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal girth and build and will be out-physicaled by bigger targets...can get tied up easily with suspect functional strength, struggling to avoid and shed blocks if off-balanced...sloppy tackling technique and more of a hitter than wrap-up tackler right now, striking too high at the contact point...needs to use his arm length more effectively in press and downfield, making too much contact or not enough - needs to find the right middle ground to avoid defensive holding or interference penalties.

Only average make-up speed and struggles to recover once the receiver gains a step, causing holds...lacks a natural feel with his back to the line of scrimmage - late to turn, locate and make the play...streaky ballskills and will leave some production on the field - doesn't appear natural in this area...minor durability concerns after missing the season opener in 2013 (thigh bruise) and the second game in 2014 (hamstring).

Off-field needs investigated after an alleged hit-and-run incident (Oct. 2014) - received two tickets for leaving the scene and driving with a suspended license.

In Our View: Although he doesn't stand out as elite in any one area, Williams is very well-rounded with the size, strength and movement skills for the next level. He does a nice job staying in position to make plays in coverage and against the run, but he needs to improve his technique as a tackler and learn how to stay subtle with his downfield contact.

Williams does have some off-field and durability concerns that need addressed, but he displays competitive temperament when on the field. He has the experience and skill-set to play press and off-man zone as a rookie and be an instant contributor, either inside or outside - solid second round pick.

Compares To: Charles Tillman, Panthers: Williams has the agility and speed to potentially handle man to man duties at the next level. His tenacity and physicality as an open-field tackler, however, is reminiscent of the Bears' long-time standout zone defender.

--Rob Rang and Derek Stephens

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.572.631.5512 4011'0"4.287.08
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.482.551.48- -11'03"--
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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Saints' nine picks: Round 3/78 -- P.J. Williams, CB, 6-0, 194, Florida State...Well-known for his leaping ability, the Saints are hoping he can add some depth behind starters Keenan Lewis and Brandon Browner. - The Sports Xchange
 

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