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3 reasons the Bills should draft: Grambling State WR Chad Williams

Position: Wide receiver.
School: Grambling State.
Measurables: 6-foot-1, 204 pounds.
Combine stats: DNP. Pro Day: 40-yard dash: 4.43 seconds. Bench press: 21 reps. Vertical jump: 35.5 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet, 3 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.06 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.21 seconds.
Career stats: 47 games, 210 catches, 3,062 yards, 28 TDs.
Draft projection: Sixth-seventh round.


1. He rose to the occasionWilliams was one of the standouts at the Senior Bowl, which he was invited to after a strong showing at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in California. An FCS All-American after a senior year with 90 catches, 1,337 yards and 11 touchdowns – totals that led the Southwestern Athletic Conference – he solidified his status as a draftable prospect in Mobile. Had a 13-catch, 152-yard game against Arizona, which provided more evidence he can play against a higher level of competition than he saw in the SWAC.

2. He answered a big question at his Pro Day. Williams' scouting profile on says his "early route speed is below average. Takes too long to get to the top of his routes." A 4.43-second 40-yard dash at Grambling's Pro Day, however, showed he has the speed needed to play at the next level. That time was even lower on some other stopwatches, too.

3. He should have a chip on his shoulder. Williams was arrested before the start of his senior year and charged with marijuana possession and possession of a firearm on the LSU campus. Largely because of that, he wasn't invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. That may cause him to slide down draft boards, and will make teams carefully examine his character. Williams knows he can't afford any more screw-ups if he wants to have an NFL career.

Fun fact: Grambling State hasn't had a player drafted since 2006, when the Dallas Cowboys took defensive end Jason Hatcher in the third round.

They said it: "Heavily targeted and highly productive against a lower level of competition. Williams has decent size and ball skills, but looks slow on tape with very disjointed route work. He needs to run well at his workout, but even if he does, he's a developmental prospect rather than an early helper." – draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 27. Up next: Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

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