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NFL Draft Profile: Minnesota TE Maxx Williams

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NFL Draft Profile: Minnesota TE Maxx Williams

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.

2014 stats:

36 receptions, 569 yards, eight touchdowns

Selection:

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

Video analysis provided by NBC Sports and Rotoworld NFL Draft expert Josh Norris.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.