2017 NFL Draft Grades: Chargers get a C- for selecting Mike Williams No. 7
Williams provides a much-needed downfield threat for an offense that struggled in '16
- Draft Tracker: Round 1
Los Angeles Chargers
Pete Prisco's Grade: C-
I know they need receivers, but I don't think this kid separates well enough.
The Chargers reportedly had a secret workout for Williams on Thursday, and hours later, he's a much-needed weapon for Philip Rivers. Williams isn't a burner, but he doesn't need to be. He's a physical speciman who uses his 6-foot-4, 218-pound frame to out-muscle defenders for contested passes. Williams is the latest in a long line of big-play Clemson receivers -- following DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant -- who immediately upgrades a Chargers' offense thank ranked 19th last season, according to Football Outsiders.
"This is a strange pick for the Chargers. They have a loaded receiving corps with Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates, and Mike Williams could get lost, at least in his rookie year. It's great for Philip Rivers, but Williams isn't someone to target in seasonal leagues and is a second-round pick in dynasty formats." -- Jamey Eisenberg
Michael Floyd: Physically, Williams has drawn comparisons to another first-round pick, Michael Floyd -- but without the off-field baggage. Floyd didn't live up to expectations in Arizona, but Williams is a better athlete and has more upside than the former Notre Dame star.
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