DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: TE Bryce Williams

TE Bryce Williams – Senior / 6-6 / 257 – EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

  • Prolific scorer — Williams scored 13 TDs in college, a touchdown one out of every 7.4 receptions
  • Offers a wide catch radius and has a “basketball player build”
  • More of a pass-catcher than blocker (Williams played a lot out of the slot at ECU)
  • Played some fullback initially in his sophomore and junior seasons and didn’t make the full-time switch to tight end until his senior season
  • Smart player who is adept at finding the soft spot in zone coverages
  • Demonstrates very good hands and Williams gets good marks for his success at ECU despite relatively weak quarterback play
  • Catches the ball well in stride
  • Plenty capable of making contested catches
  • Limited tape against elite competition but Williams had a 9/83/1 game at Florida in 2015
  • More of a long-strider with built-up speed and limited movement and change-of-direction skills, and Williams is a little sluggish off the line of scrimmage which may dampen his ability to get separation in the NFL
  • Ran a limited route tree in college
  • Not super shifty in open space as a runner and Williams lacks fluid movement, but he runs hard with the ball in his hands and can be tough to bring down
  • Not an elite blocker which will likely ding his draft stock some
  • Joined ECU as a walk-on after beginning his collegiate career at Marshall (where he made the team also as a walk-on in 2011)
  • Became the first East Carolina player to be selected to the John Mackey Award Watch List (nation’s top tight end) prior to the 2015 season
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Williams had some sleeper appeal heading into the Senior Bowl and Combine but he no doubt has slipped to the later rounds of the NFL Draft. Williams had a rough Senior Bowl week with several drops (although that was not a major issue at ECU). His Combine performance though was not pretty as Williams was one of the bottom performers among tight ends on most of the drills. His Forty-Time was slow (4.94 seconds) as was his 10-Yard Split, Vertical Jump, Broad Jump and all the quickness drills — Williams was in fact last among tight ends in the 3-Cone, Short Shuttle and 60-Yard Shuttle.
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD