Seth Williams could the 2021 NFL Draft dark horse in a very talented wide receiver class.
The 2021 NFL Draft class has a bunch of big names at wide receiver that have the attention of a lot of teams and fans going into the 2021 college football season. With the Biletnikoff winner Ja’Marr Chase, a guy who could have potentially been a late first to second-round choice this year in Devonta Smith, and other playmakers like Rashod Bateman and Jaylen Waddle make teams who need pass catchers very excited for next year’s draft.
One name that isn’t mentioned a lot is Aubrun wideout, Seth Williams, who could be next year wide receiver gems that falls to a team and can make a big impact to there receiver room.
Seth Williams has two seasons under his belt at Auburn and is going into his junior year for the Tigers. Williams stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs in around 220 pounds which are used in advantage as seen on tape. Grabbing 30 plus more catches and 300 plus more yards in his sophomore season makes Auburn fans excited for what he can do in his third year.
Williams is currently on the Biletnikoff Award watch list and will definitely be the starting at the X as a big target for Bo Nix to throw to this season.
If you are a big college football fan the name Seth Williams might ring a bell because of his walk-off touchdown against the Oregon Ducks in week one of the 2019-2020 College Football season.
If you do not remember, it was simple go route in where he almost waited for the coverage to be recognized to either hit a little comeback route to get the first and then kick the game-winning field goal, but instead realize they are in zone picks back up stride and wins a 50/50 ball around the three-yard line against Oregon’s safety to they push his way in the endzone. A play not so rememberable was the play prior is a ten yard out route from the slot to then run out of bounds to get the Auburn first down.
The two plays in the Oregon game show his reliability Williams posses as a receiver to make big-time plays in big-time moments. In most of the highlight plays over his two-year career he shows his ability to run the 9 route to perfection to get open with his vertical speed and create separation with his big frame. Williams will probably not blow you away with combine record-setting speed, but the tape does not lie, he seems to find a way to get open.
Another game where Williams showed the potential to play at the next level was in this year’s Iron Bowl against Alabama. Playing in the SEC you play against a lot of guys who one day will play on Sunday, but in Alabama, they have multiple guys who will be future NFL players on the field at once.
Williams faced up against Trevon Diggs, who was selected in the second round by the Cowboys this year and Patrick Surtain who arguably the best corner in the upcoming draft. They play that stood out the most was his one-handed snag against Surtain in man to man coverage.
In this play, Williams is stack in a double formation on the outside being covered by Surtain one-on-one in man coverage. Williams uses his size to create separation at the line of scrimmage to then but on the burners, leaving Surtain on his inside hip. With a perfect throw by Nix to throw over the top to not allow the safety over the top makes a play, Williams snags a beautiful one-handed grab while falling to the ground.
Williams is an elite 50/50 ball winner, with the capability to go up and grab the ball out the air like it is a rebound in basketball with a defender hovering over him is impressive. This makes him a great red-zone target to run a little fade in the endzone to then go up and make a play. The ability to get space up the field with his speed and also grab balls in tight coverage is what makes him so special.
Williams does need improvement in his intermediate routes were at sometimes just relies on his size and physicality to make catches. Route running can come with time and with the athletic ability, Williams obtains it should get cleared up. This is one key reason why he is not in the same category as Jamar Chase and other guys who a projected to go in the first round.
Standing a big frame and having the capability to get upfield the way Seth Williams does should definitely raise him up in mock drafts after this college football season. Williams would have one more year of eligibility, but after being on the SEC Freshman team in his first year and already consideration for the Biletnikoff Award I could see him leaving early and getting selected in as early as the second round in the 2021 NFL Draft.