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Some analysis on this guy:

https://thedraftnetwork.com/player/chris-williamson/ATbRlDdAgW

PROS: Feisty slot corner that is comfortable in zone coverage drops and is willing to crowd routes early to disrupt and ruin timing. Quick trigger attacking downhill against the run, screens and quick passes. Competes to play off contact and is content being blocked. Adequate athletic profile for the position and his frame is more sturdy than most slot projections. 

CONS: Aggressive tackler but poor form. Inconsistency squaring and wrapping leads to him falling off tackles as he attempts the big hit. Way too many misses. Doesn’t have natural route anticipation skills in zone or man. He leans and guesses in coverage, leading to easy separation when he’s wrong. May need to convert to safety to maximize his potential in the NFL. Ball skills are not inspiring.

BEST TRAIT - Aggressiveness

WORST TRAIT - Tackling technique, anticipation

RED FLAGS - None

Minnesota cornerback Chris Williamson enters the NFL after appearing in 38 games and starting 10 in college. Williams began his career at Florida in 2015 but then sat out in 2017 due to transfer rules before becoming a regular in the secondary for the Gophers over the last two seasons. Williamson’s best chance at the next level comes as a slot corner where his feisty demeanor can be taken advantage of. With that said, he’s still a work in progress for all coverage techniques and must improve his tackling technique. Williamson has a chance to develop into a sub package defender but his ceiling is modest. 

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Man Coverage Skills - He's physical! Like what he was able to showcase at the 2020 Shrine in press coverage and playing in the face of receivers. That said, he can be over-aggressive and open himself up for poor challenges by extending himself and working out over top of his toes too often. Transitions in space aren't overly fluid.

Zone Coverage Skills - Often prowled the intermediates as a hook/ curl and flat defender rolling down to split difference in hi-lo scenarios. He's got good patience on flat footed reads but his click and close and length will water down his effectiveness to disrupt or undercut throws — limited upside at his disposal.

Feet/COD - He's a bit over-reactive and can step himself out of a balanced posture when eager to attack and drive on action in front of his face. Transitional quickness is not a standout quality and he will not thrive on an island in coverage isolation. He's better acting into the play when driving down hill.

Ball Skills - Limited ball production is courtesy of a blend of variables, including usage/role, lack of length and irregular ability to stay attached and in contention point at the catch point. One of the primary catalysts to a potential conversion to safety will be inconsistent ability to play the ball in the air.

Flexibility - He's not necessarily tight but his hip mobility is only modest. He's better when he can feel and pressure/leverage his transitions instead of asking his lower half to play at steep/dynamic ranges of motion and as a result he'll fall off the pace and turn and run skills are compromised.

Acceleration - Long speed is fair but his short area quickness and acceleration doesn't stand out as plus traits, either. He's a modest athlete unless he's able to trigger down hill and even then his burst won't always beat blockers to the spot. Not an overly twitched up athlete, instead he's a hard nosed defender.

Defensive Spacing - His stickiness and spatial awareness to squeeze down throwing windows is better the closer he is to the line of scrimmage. His lack of wingspan is notable as he looks to alter throwing trajectories and windows while squatting underneath targets, too. Won't often crowd receivers down the field.

Competitive Toughness - Appreciate his enthusiasm to get involved into the play. He's got effective aggression to roll down into the alley and look to put a hurting on ball carriers. His functional play strength will blend well with a slot role and while he's brawler in press coverage, it won't always spare him giving up free releases outside.

Run Support - Assertive. He can be a bit late to gear down on occasion by generally speaking he's at his best filling run fits and spilling runs out of gaps. He's quick and uses his hands well to attack and play off blockers, even with a lack of length at his disposal to push around alley setters.

Tackling - Has slid off a few finishes by coming in too recklessly and not finishing his wrap ups but overall he does well to catch the body flush and when he does wrap, he does so with a roll to ensure he's putting ball carriers on the ground with authority. Like what he offers in this capacity for sub-package reps. 

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Best Trait - Physicality

Worst Trait - Ball Skills

Best Film - Illinois (2019)

Worst Film - Auburn (2019)

Red Flags - None

Summary - Chris Williamson may project best in a conversion to play safety — he's got the right physicality and demeanor to play as a nickel corner but his production in coverage, particularly at the catch point, isn't going to inspire. He's got good urgency in press and likable flow in zone; so leaving him as a depth safety for sub-package usage will put him in the best position to keep eyes in the backfield and trigger into plays in the alley as a tackler/blitzer. Wouldn't endorse reps on the boundary. 

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Here's the thingy, we only have 1 DB on the roster who should not be cut within 10 minutes after the 16th game ends and he's a rookie.  We have 0 skill, I'm talking old lady with a walker skill at Safety.  Any one of us a-hole fans could lob the ball over the head of the opposing front 7 and as long as it wasn't on AJ's side it is a catch.  So any thought toward an experienced CB or S is a good idea in my book.  Is he the best?  Nope, probably not.  Is he 50% improvement over any other DB we have except Terrell?  Heck yeah.  No need to keep him on the practice squad, start him this week.  Instant improvement.  Could not do worse than we are doing right now.   

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5 minutes ago, Killing Floor said:

Here's the thingy, we only have 1 DB on the roster who should not be cut within 10 minutes after the 16th game ends and he's a rookie.  We have 0 skill, I'm talking old lady with a walker skill at Safety.  Any one of us a-hole fans could lob the ball over the head of the opposing front 7 and as long as it wasn't on AJ's side it is a catch.  So any thought toward an experienced CB or S is a good idea in my book.  Is he the best?  Nope, probably not.  Is he 50% improvement over any other DB we have except Terrell?  Heck yeah.  No need to keep him on the practice squad, start him this week.  Instant improvement.  Could not do worse than we are doing right now.   

i like it. 2021 tryouts start today boys!

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