As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.
Maxx Williams (TE), Minnesota
6’4” | 249 lbs.
36 receptions, 569 yards, eight touchdowns
2nd round, No. 55 overall (Baltimore Ravens)
What scouts are saying:
"A prospect just scratching the surface of his potential, Williams owns the all-around skill-set that fits all 32 NFL teams with the ability to line up inline, in the backfield or as a flex option out wide. Although not yet a detailed route runner, he has above average top-end speed for the position with a great feel for throws away from his body, making a number of 'wow' catches (and runs) on his college film. Williams is young and needs seasoning, but he has NFL pedigree and projects as a mismatch nightmare with the versatile traits to be equally effective as a pass-catcher and blocker." — CBSSports.com
"Looks the part with an excellent frame and workable build. Terrific athleticism with fluidity to shift his weight well in his breaks. Flexible with quick reflexes to find the ball. Smooth route acceleration off the line of scrimmage to stress the seam and gain a step on defenders. Strong, decisive strides. Dangerous after the catch with springs in his lower body to leap and hurdle defenders. Large, soft hands and focus to make natural adjustments on the ball without slowing his momentum, extending and snaring grabs in traffic. Has the ball skills and catching radius to make acrobatic catches with conviction and sideline awareness. Physical ballcarrier and lowers his pads to surge forward for positive yardage. Natural body control to engage defenders as a blocker, sustaining and generating momentum on the move. Possesses the point of attack toughness and needed temperament to survive as an inline blocker." — Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com
"Pass-catching, move tight end with straight-line play speed and an ability to stretch defenses deep. Williams comes from NFL bloodlines and has the self confidence often found in a former player's son, but he needs to improve his route running in order to become a more complete receiving threat. Williams led all college tight ends with nine explosive catches (25-plus yards) in 2014 and should be an early target for teams looking for pass-catching weapons." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com