Mike Williams could fill Bills biggest need on draft day

Buffalo lost two receivers to free agency and still has injury concerns about Sammy Watkins. PFF shows why Clemson's Mike Williams could be a quick fix.

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Mike Williams could fill Bills biggest need on draft day


In the most recent 2017 mock draft from PFF, analyst Billy Moy selected WR Mike Williams with the 10th overall pick, sending him to the Buffalo Bills. With the Bills losing their top two WRs in terms of snaps to free agency (Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin), PFF takes a look at why the Clemson product is the ideal selection for the Bills come draft day.

  • Sammy Watkins, the 47th-ranked WR in 2016 with an overall grade of 74.9, missed the majority of the season with injury and has now been hampered by injuries over the last two seasons. Corey Brown was acquired in free agency, but he ranked only 85th out of 115 WRs with an overall PFF grade of 61.8; while Andre Holmes – Buffalo’s other free agent WR signing – has never finished a season with an overall grade higher than 75.8 (2013) and played on just 292 offensive snaps last season.
  • The Clemson receiver ranked 10th among the 119 qualified draft-eligible receivers, with an average of 3.35 yards per route run.
  • Williams has demonstrated that he can have success at each level of the field, and he was especially effective when he was targeted deep (passes that traveled at least 20 yards in the air). His 53.8 percent catch rate ranked seventh among all draft-eligible receivers and he hauled in 14 targets for 402 yards and two touchdowns, his QB had a 124.7 QB rating when targeting him deep.

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Fantasy Slant: This year’s rookie wide receiver crop doesn’t rival the likes of some of the recent classes we’ve seen, but Williams projects to be one of the top fantasy assets from the bunch. His size (6-4, 218) and ability to catch the ball downfield bode well for his success. For more on Williams’ future fantasy outlook, be sure to check out our pre-draft rookie wide receiver profiles.