Could Jameson Williams be Joining DeVonta Smith in Philadelphia?
The Philadelphia Eagles currently have three first round picks inside the top 20 and in his the latest mock draft, CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson has them picking Jameson Williams at No. 16.
The St. Louis, Mo. native would be the latest in a long lineage of Alabama wide receivers drafted in the first round over the last decade and the fifth over the last three years, joining DeVonta Smith, Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and Jaylen Waddle.
In his only season for the Crimson Tide, Williams hauled in 79 receptions for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns, earning first-team All-SEC and First-Team All-American honors in the process. He became the first Alabama player to record four touchdowns of 75-plus yards and also totaled 11 touchdowns of 30-plus yards or more to lead the country.
The 6-foot-2, 189-pound wideout suffered a torn ACL in the national championship, but he still remains one of the top prospects available in this year’s class. Although Williams may only be available for part of his rookie season, he is viewed as a long-term value pick for general managers because of the fifth-year option attached to first round picks.
He would give the Eagles another dynamic playmaker to pair with DeVonta Smith and add another valuable target for quarterback Jalen Hurts. Last season, Philadelphia ranked 21st in passing offense and 14th in total offense.
Williams also provides tremendous value on special teams. Against Southern Miss, he became the first player in Alabama history to return two kickoffs in the same game, one from 100 yards and another one from 83 yards.
The 2022 NFL draft will be held in Las Vegas Thursday April 28 through Saturday, April 30.