Jameson Williams: Alabama Speedster Could Be NFL Star
Yet again, Alabama has another speedy wide receiver. What’s new. This year his name is Jameson Williams and he can fly. And he’s not just some one-trick pony like John Ross, he is shifty with his speed, making him separate with ease. Quarterback Bryce Young would not be having his Heisman campaign without Williams on the outside.
To start off, Jameson Williams is an Ohio State transfer. Evidently, he couldn’t get consistent playing time with Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson comprising the receiving corps for the Buckeyes. Moving to Alabama couldn’t have been a better move as Williams quickly became the alpha in this high-flying offense. Prior to the College Football Playoffs, Williams accumulated 1,445 yards and 15 touchdowns. Against SEC competition, he has been the most impressive in his single season at Tuscaloosa.
The top defense in the country, Georgia had no answer for Williams. Bryce Young won Alabama that game, but once John Metchie left with an injury it was all on Williams to produce. And that he did, going off for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns.
When it comes to his receiving skills, Jameson Williams has all you could ask for. At 6-foot-2 190-pounds he possesses height and size that will translate well to the NFL level. The sub 4.3 speed is his calling card, but how he uses it is even more impressive. On this stutter and go against a stout Georgia defense, Williams puts his route-running savvy on display in the SEC Championship game.
Williams can run a full route tree. The shiftiness and quickness can lead to separation at all levels of the field. But don’t get me wrong, above all else, speed kills.
In terms of where Williams will get drafted, that is a volatile situation. He gets a tough matchup against the elite corner Ahmad Gardner and Cincinnatti in round one of the playoffs. If the Alabama wideout can put up big numbers in that game, then I don’t know if I can truly say Garrett Wilson is the outright number one receiver in the 2022 draft class.
The Saints could take Williams to fill a depleted receiver room across from Michael Thomas. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Raiders took the Alabama blazer to replace Henry Ruggs after his idiocy. Regardless, Jameson Williams has put on a show this season and it will pay off come draft time in April.