Lions rookie wide receiver compares himself to Randy Moss

(Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) Randy Moss
(Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) Randy Moss /

In a recent interview, Detroit Lions rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams compared his playing style to Minnesota Vikings legend Randy Moss.

During the first round of this year’s NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings agreed to trade the No. 12 and No. 46 picks to the Detroit Lions in exchange for the No. 32, No. 34, and No. 66 selections.

With that No. 12 pick, the Lions went ahead and selected former Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams. Despite tearing his ACL back in January, Williams was still one of four receivers that were drafted during the first 15 picks this year.

If he’s able to fully recover from his knee injury, Williams has the potential to be a special wide receiver in the NFL.

Detroit Lions rookie WR Jameson Williams compares himself to Minnesota Vikings legend Randy Moss

In a recent interview with, Williams was asked about which NFL receiver he likes to model his game after. The Lions rookie certainly gave an answer that should intrigue Vikings fans.

"“Randy Moss. I feel like I play similar to him. [He was a] good deep threat, but he [could] also do everything else too.”"

First off, Moss was definitely more than just a “good” deep threat Mr. Williams. The former Minnesota receiver caught 66 touchdowns that resulted in a gain of 30 yards or more during his career. Moss was an ultimate deep threat, a one-of-a-kind deep threat, far from just a good deep threat.

When comparing the two players in terms of skill-set, the speed of Williams and Moss is probably the most similar. The Detroit rookie displayed the ability to easily blow past defenders once he got the ball in his hands during his college career, and that is something that Moss was always able to do during the prime of his career in the NFL.

Other than that, Williams is much smaller than Moss, as the former Vikings receiver was taller (6-foot-4 to 6-foot-2), and he weighed more than the Lions rookie (210 pounds to 180 pounds).

Will Williams be able to be successful as a pro regardless of who is throwing him the ball in the NFL? That was something that made Moss even more impressive as he caught a touchdown from 13 different quarterbacks during his pro career.

To be fair though, Williams didn’t say something like “I’m the next Randy Moss” or anything like that. He just answered who he felt was the best comparison to what he is able to do out on the field.

If Williams does end up developing into the next version of Moss, Detroit fans will be ecstatic, and Vikings fans will be extra mad at new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah for trading the No. 12 pick in this year’s draft to an NFC North rival.

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