Jameson Williams has provided a positive update of his knee injury as the speedy wide receiver prepares to hear his name called in the 2022 NFL Draft. According to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport who spoke with Williams, the former Buckeye-turned-Crimson Tide star had his ACL surgically repaired by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

“I’m feeling awesome," Williams told Rapoport. "Ready to get down this road.”

Williams tore his ACL in the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs. After leading the SEC with 1, 572 yards and 15 touchdowns on 79 receptions, Williams earned the NFL's respect and was projected as a first-round selection in April's NFL Draft.

After the injury, however, many speculated if Williams would instead opt to return to Alabama to rehab and effort for another national championship run. According to Adam Schefter, Williams will reportedly retain his 4.3 speed and, as such, is still expected to be selected in the first round. Williams declared for the 2022 NFL Draft on January 13.

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Williams is one of two Alabama players expected to hear his name called in the first round of the draft. Offensive tackle Evan Neal is projected to go as high as first overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars. If he does so, Neal would be the first first-overall pick during the Nick Saban era at Alabama.

John Metchie is also joining Williams in the receiver class. Metchie also tore his ACL against the Bulldogs, though his injury occurred in the SEC Championship. Metchie caught 96 passes for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns. Metchie is projected as a Day 2 selection in the second or third round.

The NFL Draft will begin April 28 at 7 p.m. CST on the NFL Network from Las Vegas, Nevada.

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