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The NFL invited 333 players to this years combine but Williams didn't get invite.....That is a damn shame....Just blow it up at Bama pro day....RTR
I don't understand his omission...makes no sense as I thought he had a solid Senior Bowl showing.
Must have been a step slow on the league's criteria for TEs is all I can imagine. Doesn't make sense to me either. 19 TEs were invited. You can't tell me that MW is not in the top 19 draft eligible TEs in the country.
This post was edited by Redwoodforest 14 months ago
He probably would have lost to Rich Eisen in the 40.
Michael is a very good football player but the combine is not a good setting for him.
Actually it's not that hard to believe. Michael is a great blocking TE and has good hands, but he's not fast (for a TE in the NFL). It's like in college basketball you see a lot of great forwards that never get a sniff from the NBA because they can't shoot a long jumper. They're great under the goal, but that's just not enough in the NBA. Now if OJ develops into a decent blocker to go with his hands and speed, he'll likely be a pretty high NFL draft pick because that's what they're looking for (basically a jumbo WR). That doesn't mean Michael won't land on a team, it just means teams aren't going to spend a lot of money for someone that doesn't fit all their criteria for the position.
I still think it is crazy. Also, many NFL teams are looking to go to multiple tight end sets with one being more of a receiving option and the other being a mauler. Williams is definitely a mauler and his receiving skills are underrated. Most mock drafts I have seen have him listed in the upper half of TEs in this draft class so it is still a little shocking.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by jmadfrank 14 months ago
Actually, that's because there are about 400 d1 college teams, and only 12 or so spots on each NBA roster. Much harder to find a spot than in the NFL.
That's very surprising. It's the deepest TE class in years with about every underclassman with a draftable grade coming out, but I would've thought there'd be no way Williams wasn't invited. Testing is big for him too, as athleticism/explosiveness are his biggest questions in terms of the NFL.
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He had a good week at the Senior Bowl ended with a good performance in the game. If he has a good pro day he will prob lock up a 5-7 rd pick.
This post was edited by shawnboy 14 months ago
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He will be on some team as their 2nd or 3rd TE. Bank on it.
Michael Williams is a prime example of a proto typical player at Alabama under Nick Saban:
1. No off the field issues
2. Team first mentality
3. Hard working
4. Well spoken and a great representative of the University.
(In no particular order)
I think Williams will get drafted in the 6-7 round. If he was a little quicker/faster teams wouldn't have been able to cover him!
Best of luck to you Michael and thanks for your contribution to the U of A!!!!
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