INDIANAPOLIS—Maxx Williams could leave Indianapolis this week as the top tight end in the draft, and that could make him a prospect for the Packers in the bottom of the first round.
“I like to say one of the top tight ends here and this week show I have the talent to be (No. 1),” Williams told reporters at the scouting combine on Wednesday.
Williams has drawn comparison to Jeremy Shockey and expressed a desire to be the next Jason Witten.
“That’s who I want to be,” the University of Minnesota product said.
Mostly, Williams is described as a movement tight end with the ability to be a matchup problem for defenses. He’s also thought to have the size – 6-4, 250 – to be an inline blocker.
How high can he climb this week?
“I have to show the scouts what I can do; run as fast as I can and show my hands,” he said.
With a top showing at the combine, it’s thought he could push his way into the bottom of the first round.
“Potential starter and complete tight end,” draft analyst Tony Pauline says of Williams. “Smooth and fluid. Good pass catcher and nice blocker. Not a seam stretcher and may struggle to break 4.8 in the 40.”
“In practice, I’m going to be the kid diving for balls,” said Williams, who added that he’s scheduled for 21 official interviews this week.
He’s leaving Minnesota at 20, which he said is the weakness in his game, that he’s so young, but he added that he believes his weakness could become his strength.
“I left (college football) because I want to be the best I can. Going to the next level is how I can get there,” he said.
Williams’ father is a former player and coach, and helped guide his son through his football career.
“He’s taught me how to be a pro, a gentleman,” Williams said. “I think the sky’s the limit in what I can develop into.”
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