2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Prospect: Greedy Williams
Ht: 6'3" Wt: 185
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Evaluated by: Cody Lachney
In today's NFL, few positions are more coveted then a shutdown corner. This bodes well for Andreaz "Greedy" Williams as when it comes to the cornerback position in the 2019 NFL draft, he is easily the belle of the ball. Hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana, originally Williams was only a 3-star prospect before joining the LSU Tigers. In 2017 as a redshirt freshman, Williams led the SEC in both interceptions and passes defended and would inevitably become only the second LSU freshman to make first team all SEC.
Williams is the definition of a press man corner as he is aggressive in jamming receivers off the snap. He has incredibly fluid hips, which he can flip nicely, and tremendous length for the position. He uses his long arms to always keep a hand on the receiver and routinely bats down passes with ease. With 33 total tackles and two interceptions on the season, Greedy allowed less than half of the passes thrown his way to be completed -QBs throwing his way could only achieve a 38.7 passer rating into his coverage. Williams' anemic stat line is indicative of the level to which opposing QBs avoided his side of the field.
Williams can mirror the receiver as well as any cornerback scouted in the past five years and the coaches at LSU have done a tremendous job teaching him to use his frame as an advantage. He runs his routes with aggression and routinely prevents a great deal of separation while in man coverage as his recovery speed is exceptional. Many expect him to run a low 4.4 40 time at the combine. His interception total decreased this year from 6 to 2 but as we pointed out earlier, opposing QBs avoided him in 2018.
His deficiencies start to become clearer when you factor in just how aggressive he is in coverage. Williams frequently takes the bait and bites too early on double moves - he routinely gets caught holding his targets to compensate. He can be coached out of this but expect NFL wide receivers to take advantage of this in his rookie season. Zone coverage is where Williams will need the most work as he gets confused when more than one route comes towards his area of the field. If he learns how to keep a cool head and not panic, then this should not be a problem for long in his career.
Perhaps the largest area of concern is his weight and ability to add support to running plays. At 185 pounds, he isn't quite strong enough to be able to consistently deal with 220 pound plus running backs barreling up the field at him. It's such a problem that at times you can expect opposing offenses to run right at him. He is easily blocked by receivers and even when he does have the opportunity to make the tackle, he does so half-heartedly. Williams should be able to add weight in an NFL strength and conditioning program but that could hamper his long speed. For my money, teams interested in drafting him are going to have to get used to this flaw in his game as I doubt he ever becomes an overtly physical corner.
Williams is one in a long line of talented defensive backs to come out of LSU. Though he needs some work in being patient and trusting his instincts, those instincts turn out to be exceptional. Williams needs to muscle-up to reach his peak, but he has all the traits necessary to be a true shutdown corner in the NFL with a little bit of polish. I consider Williams to be a top-15 pick in this draft and wherever he does land, that team may expect their defensive backfield to become far more dangerous than it previously was.
NFL player Comparison
Eli Apple, Saints
- Long rangy frame which is uses well on pass breakups
- Fantastic recovery speed
- Mirrors opposing routes very well
- Very instinctual
- Good at jamming wide receivers off snap
- Very thin and not very physical
- Bites too frequently on double moves/overly aggressive
- Liability in run defense
- Durability concerns
- Questionable against bigger stronger wide receivers.
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