Western Michigan’s Corey Davis is considered the top wide receiver prospect in this year’s NFL Draft, but don’t be surprised if Clemson’s Mike Williams is the first wideout off the board.
“I feel like I should be drafted first,” Williams said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I know Corey. We trained together out in Arizona. But that’s just the competition of the game. I’m sure that he wants to be drafted first before me, but my mindset that I have, I feel like I should be drafted first. The game tape speaks for itself, the competition that we faced and the players that I played against and the potential first-rounders that I played against – the game (tape) speaks for itself.”
Williams, at 6-4 and 218 pounds, is a matchup nightmare for opposing secondaries. He had 98 catches for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. In Clemson’s two biggest games of the year – against Ohio State and Alabama in the College Football Playoff – Williams had 14 catches for 190 yards and a touchdown.
“I work for everything that I have today,” Williams said. “Nothing was given to me. I got to Clemson and a lot of people said I wasn’t going to be that good probably. Now they’re talking about me potentially being the first receiver taken in the NFL Draft. So you just got to work for anything you want. That’s what I did up to this point. I worked for everything I worked for and controlled the things I can control.”
Williams, of course, had the pleasure of playing with two-time Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson, who is considered by many the top quarterback prospect in the draft.
“Deshaun is a great guy – a great guy on the field, a great player on the field,” Williams said. “He knows the game, he studies the game, he studies the offense, he studies the opponent’s defense – he’s just a tremendous player to play with. He made things easy for me, and I made things easy for him. It was a great dynamic duo, and we worked for it. Nothing was given to us. We put in the extra work, the extra time, just to be great. Just to be a part of his team, just to see the way he led our offense and the rest of our team was just special.”
Watson threw for 8,697 yards, ran for 1,734 yards and accounted for 97 touchdowns (76 passing, 21 rushing) over the last two seasons. He led Clemson to back-to-back national title games and the program’s first national championship since 1981.
“He definitely leads by example,” Williams said. “His game speaks for itself. But if the offense is sluggish, he’ll say what he needs to say. He’s not a real loud guy, but he will get his point across and everybody else will follow after that.”