Name: Greedy Williams
Weight: 185 lbs
Arms: 31 ½”
Hands: 9 ¼”
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Greedy Williams’ skills in man coverage rank up at the top of his class. His effortless ability to mirror the receiver while keeping his hips loose and fluid is easily the most important trait in his arsenal. In 2018, Williams built an impressive resume with dominant performances against some of the draft’s best wide receivers, such as DK Metcalf and Riley Ridley. He’s patient and usually doesn’t bite on the receiver’s initial movements at the line of scrimmage. Similar to Denzel Ward last year, I can see him becoming one of the NFL’s top shutdown corners within his first couple of seasons.
Standing at 6 foot 3, Williams is an adequate matchup for any receiver he lines up across. His long arms, measuring at 31 ½ inches, allow him to attack with quick and early jabs at the top of the receiver’s route. However, LSU utilized Greedy’s talents more in off-man rather than press-man coverage, so he hasn’t completely mastered how to use his desired length to its full effectiveness. Still, these are dreamy measurables for
If you’re going to claim to be one of the best man coverage corners in the draft, you have to be able to hold your own and make plays while the football is on the air. Williams is a pass deflection magnet, notching 19 breakups along with 8 career interceptions throughout his time at LSU. He tracks the ball well and highpoints it with ease. Although he can be late at times turning his head, there’s no doubt he’s a natural ball hawk.
To the surprise of nobody, Greedy’s 4.37 forty-yard dash time at the NFL Combine wowed scouts and analysts alike. The need for cornerbacks that are both fast and physical is at a premium, which only helps Williams’ draft stock because he ticks both boxes. He hardly gets beat on vertical routes, but when he does he has more than enough burst to recover. Williams pairs that with a smooth backpedal and clean, but not perfect, footwork.
Williams loves to talk trash on the field to his opponents and this usually works in his favor. Lining up against Metcalf during LSU’s win over Ole Miss last season showed his power in breaking down the mental game of receivers. Metcalf, projected by many as the draft’s top wide receiver prospect, dropped three balls, became visibily frustrated with Williams on multiple occasions, and accumulated a meager 37 receiving yards in his worst game of the season. All in all, a very successful and effective day for Greedy.
One of the most infuriating parts about watching Greedy was when his lockdown coverage would be nullified by a late facemask or jersey grab. If the receiver gets a clean release on him, Williams will often gamble on these last-ditch moves instead of his speed and technique to stay with his assignment. The NFL team that drafts him should make it a top priority fix this impulse so it does not become an issue at the professional level.
Given how aggressive his playstyle is, it’s perplexing how uncommitted and ineffective Williams is contributing to the run defense. His small frame is easily manhandled by bigger, stronger receivers, a weakness that was exposed in LSU’s 2018 matchup versus Texas A&M. He’s also a bit inconsistent as a tackler, often whiffing at the ankles of his target or bouncing off them completely. There are numerous instances on tape where he fails to wrap up a ballcarrier in open space.
Defining Adjective: Lockdown
Pro Comparison: Patrick Peterson
Greedy Williams has all the traits you could ever ask for in a no. 1 cornerback: tall with long arms, exceptional ball skills, and enough speed to run with the league’s fastest receivers all day long. His uncanny ability to break down a receiver both physically and mentally is a trait shared by many of the NFL’s elite at his position, such as Richard Sherman, Jalen Ramsey, and Aqib Talib. These talents alone make him an easy choice for first round consideration, but the areas in his game that need improvement will decide how early he is selected. The penalties in coverage can be fixed through proper coaching, but if Greedy wants to live up to his hype as the top cornerback in the 2019 NFL Draft, he must show an effort and urgency to participate in the run defense.
Draft Projection: Round 1
Cole Topham is the lead editor for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues.