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3 reasons the Bills should draft: Clemson WR Mike Williams

Position: Wide receiver.
School: Clemson.
Measurables: 6-foot-4, 218 pounds.
Combine stats: Vertical jump: 32.5 inches. Bench press: 15 reps. Broad jump: 10 feet, 1 inches.
Career stats: 42 games (30 starts), 177 catches, 2,727 yards, 21 TDs.
Draft projection: First round.


1. He checks all the boxes for a No. 1 receiver. Williams' height, weight and speed (he ran a 4.50-second 40-yard dash at Clemson's Pro Day) all fit the profile of what NFL teams are looking for. A first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, he finished with the second-most receptions (98) and third-most receiving yards (1,361) in Clemson single-season history in 2016.  His leaping catch on the final drive against Alabama in the national championship game got the Tigers into Crimson Tide territory.

2. He's a deep threat. The analytics website Pro Football Focus determined that Williams caught 51.9 percent of his deep targets, which was sixth in the nation. While his speed isn't exceptional, Williams use his size to "box out" defensive backs. He's also strong at the catch point.

3. He should probably already be in the NFL. Williams missed nearly all of the 2015 season after suffering a freak injury in the Tigers' season opener. He was shoved into the goal post after a touchdown catch and suffered a fractured neck, ending his season. If he stayed healthy, he may have decided to come out after his junior year, which he used to redshirt.

Fun fact: Williams would become the third "Mike Williams" to play for the Bills. The former left tackle by the same name was one of the biggest draft busts in Buffalo sports history, while the receiver with the same name is a Buffalo native who spent one season with the Bills in 2014.

They said it: "Mike Williams creates his own space. He’s a big, physical dude. I think he welcomes press coverage. He uses his physicality. He catches back-shoulders." – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 27. Up next: Alabama State TE Brandon Barnes.

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