2015 NFL Draft Profile: Maxx Williams, TE Minnesota


University of Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams is very well known by Vikings fans since he played his college ball in the same state.  However, Williams should get a lot of attention from many teams because of the contributions he can make to a team’s passing game. During his college career, he was very impressive when involved in the vertical game.  During his two years at Minnesota, he averaged 16.2 yards per catch and hauled in 13 touchdowns on his 61 total receptions.

Maxx Williams isn’t as capable when it comes to blocking though.  Although he’s better than many when it comes to that, he seems to be a little more disinterested in the play when he’s not possibly getting the ball.  Maybe this has to do with his need to get stronger and getting pushed around by physical defenders.

At the NFL level, Williams will have to be a more complete tight end, but for now a team knows that they’ll get a player with a ton of potential to be a franchise tight end.  If he can be coached up on his blocking a bit, look for him to possibly become one of the NFL’s elite at the position.

Jan 1, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers tight end Maxx Williams (88) makes a reception and is stopped by Missouri Tigers safety Ian Simon (21) during the first half in the 2015 Citrus Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Combine Measurables:

  • Height: 6’4″
  • Weight: 249 pounds
  • Arm Length: 33.5″
  • Hand Size: 10.375″
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.78 seconds
  • Bench Press: 17 reps
  • Vertical Jump: 34.5″
  • Broad Jump: 117″
  • 3 Cone Drill: N/A
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.37 seconds

Draft Projection

Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams is projected as the #28 overall prospect according to CBS Sports and is their #1 tight end available in the 2015 NFL Draft.

NFL Player Comparison

  • NFL.com: Jeremy Shockey, NY Giants – retired
  • CBSSports.com: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota has locked in tight end Kyle Rudolph for the long haul, but could look to bring in a second top tier tight depending on the strategy that Norv Turner wants to implement for the Vikings.

My Take

Maxx Williams looks like a potential NFL stud, but he doesn’t fill a big enough need to be considered as a first round value for the team.  However, if he somehow falls to the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Minnesota could be interested.

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