Alabama WR Jameson Williams declares for 2022 NFL Draft

Jameson Williams is turning pro. The junior wide receiver made the announcement on his Instagram account earlier this afternoon, joining Evan Neal as the second Crimson Tide freshman so far to declare for the 2022 NFL Draft.

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Williams leaves the ranks of college football having lost two consecutive national championship games: one as a Buckeye in the 2020 season and one as a member of the Crimson Tide this year. Williams initially signed with Ohio State in 2019 but was starved for targets behind fellow first-round hopefuls Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson.

The change of scenery was a smart move for Williams as he went on the have the second-best receiving season for an Alabama receiver since Amari Cooper, behind only Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith. Williams finished fifth in the nation with 1,572 receiving yards and tied for third in the nation with 15 receiving touchdowns. Williams has length and speed to dominate at the next level.

There’s a bit of a hurdle for Williams, as he tore his ACL in the Tide National Championship Game against Georgia. The injury struck a familiar and unwelcome ring to Alabama fans, as they watched an injury at the same time sideline their No. 2 receiver, John Metchie III, in the team’s SEC Championship Game against Georgia.

Williams was projected as an extremely high draft pick before the injury. While the potential threat of having to sit out his entire rookie season won’t do anything to help the 20-year-old’s draft stock, any team that takes a chance on Williams will have a do-it-all receiver who can win games. jumps. , deepen and return kicks. We shouldn’t wait too long to hear his name.

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