WR Mario Williams Will be Fun to Watch at the Collegiate Level
John Garcia, Jr.
Prospect: Mario Williams
Status: SI All-American Candidate
Vitals: 5-foot-10, 170 pounds
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Plant City (Fla.) High School
Schools of Interest: Considering Florida, Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Clemson and Oklahoma, among others.
Projected Position: Wide Receiver
Frame: A compact 5-foot-10, 170 pounds. , muscular build with room to fill out more at the next level.
Athleticism: Well above average. Williams is a quick twitch athlete who can get to top speed sooner than most. Plays faster on tape than tangible speed testing indicates. Also a varsity force on the baseball diamond, known for production at the plate, base stealing and covering a lot of ground in the outfield where his ball tracking skills come to light.
Instincts: Elite. Not only can he track the football with great vertical ability but he is a major threat after the catch. Can make defenders miss in the open field with burst or lateral ability. A confident competitor, Williams shows toughness in finishing runs with better power than one would expect given his frame.
Polish: Strong. Can attack a defender’s leverage and create separation in the stem of the route and widen the gap with great acceleration thereafter. Williams is a consistent, rock solid route runner who competes for the football with more physicality than his frame would suggest. Very good hands allow for some margin for error by the quarterback despite frame. A willing and consistent blocker relative to size, too.
Bottom Line: In the current climate of spread offense and volume targets for pass catchers, Williams is a scheme versatile threat who can make a lot happen any time he touches the football. He can play effective at or near the line of scrimmage as equally as he can flash with a big play down the field. There is some return game upside with his quickness and edge, too. An explosive threat from the slot or out wide, Williams could be the next T.Y. Hilton at the collegiate level and perhaps beyond.