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2022 NFL Draft Profile: Alabama Crimson Tide Wide Receiver Jameson Williams

Although a knee injury sidelined him in the National Championship Game, he's still expected to be a strong first-round selection.

Here's the No. 1 question Alabama fans had about Jameson Williams after watching him play his final season with the Crimson Tide, and helping it reach the national championship game: 

How does a player with his ability catch only 15 passes at Ohio State? 

Specifically, Williams played in 22 games and made just six starts over two seasons with the Buckeyes. He finished with 266 receiving yards and three touchdowns, including a 45-yard touchdown during Ohio State’s 49-28 win over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl.

Granted, Ohio State had some amazing wide receivers at the time, including Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, who both expect to be first-round selections in the 2022 NFL Draft as well. But 15? 

Williams is originally from St. Louis, and not only scored 22 touchdowns as a senior at Cardinal Ritter College Prep but also broke Ezekiel Elliott's state record in the 300-meter hurdles. He followed him to Ohio State before transferring to Alabama last year. 

It turned out to be a brilliant move. 

He finished with 1,572 receiving yards on 79 catches before suffering a torn ACL in the National Championship Game. He averaged 19.9 yards per catch, 104.8 yards per game, with 15 receiving touchdowns. Williams also had two kick returns for touchdowns and finished with 1,947 all-purpose yards.

Williams led in the nation with four touchdowns of 70-plus yards, and 11 touchdowns of 30-plus yards. He and John Metchie III, who also got hurt against Georgia although in the SEC Championship Game, were the second receiver combo in Alabama history to each top 1,000 yards during a season. 

Among the five services the NCAA uses to determine consensus All-American status, he was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press and The Sporting News, and second-team from the American Football Coaches Association and Walter Camp as a wide receiver, and from the Football Writers Association of America as a return specialist. 

Alabama Crimson Tide receiver Jameson Williams during the NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center.
Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jameson Williams (left) poses with NFL Network reporter Kimmi Chex during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jameson Williams (1) is helped off the field after suffering leg injury during the College Football Playoff National Championship against Alabama at Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Indianapolis.
Jameson Williams at Texas A&M
Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver John Metchie III (8) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Jameson Williams (1) during the first quarter against the Miami Hurricanes at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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Jameson Williams Firmly In Play For Browns

Draft Day 1

  • What: Round 1
  • When: Thursday, April 28
  • Time: 7 p.m. CT
  • TV: NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes (es)
  • Mobile and CTV: NFL, ESPN
  • Web: NFL.com, ABC.go.com, ESPN.com

Draft Day 2

  • What: Rounds 2-3
  • When: Friday, April 29
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • TV: NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes (es)
  • Mobile and CTV: NFL, ESPN
  • Web: NFL.com, ABC.go.com, ESPN.com
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Draft Day 3

  • What: Rounds 4-7
  • When: Saturday, April 30
  • Time: 11 a.m.
  • TV: NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes (es)
  • Mobile and CTV: NFL, ESPN
  • Web: NFL.com, ABC.go.com, ESPN.com

BamaCentral will profile each of the former Crimson Tide players expected to be selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. This is the final story in the series:

Christopher Allen

Jalyn Armour-Davis

Slade Bolden

Christian Harris

Josh Jobe

Phidarian Mathis

John Metchie III

Evan Neal

LaBryan Ray 

Brian Robinson Jr.