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Would Jameson Williams Be A Good Draft Pick For The Eagles?

The NFL Draft is here, and Eagles fans are both excited and anxious. One of the team’s biggest needs is once again at the wide receiver position.

This could be the third straight season the Eagles select a wide receiver in the first round. If they do, one of the draft’s biggest stars is Alabama wideout Jameson Williams. Would Jameson Williams be a good fit for the Philadelphia Eagles?

Who Is Jameson Williams?

Jameson Williams was born on March 26, 2001, in St Louis, MO. He played high school football at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School where he was named an Under Armour All-American. Williams was also a track star and won a state title for the 300-meter hurdle event.

Williams originally committed to Ohio State University to play wide receiver. He was used sparingly over his first couple of years with the Buckeyes. Williams caught six passes for 112 yards his freshman year and nine passes for 154 yards in his sophomore season. After the 2020 season, Williams entered the transfer portal to play for the University of Alabama.

Williams’ Ascension

In 2021, Jameson Williams was named Alabama’s starting wide receiver and he excelled. He caught 79 passes for 1,572 yards and had 15 touchdowns. This was the fifth-most receiving yards and third-most touchdowns in all of college football in 2021. Williams was named First-Team All-American and SEC Special Teams Player of the Year. 

Williams had an impressive performance in the SEC Championship game. He caught seven passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns in Alabama’s 41-24 win. This helped Alabama clinch the number one seed in the college football playoffs. A month later, Williams went down with a torn ACL in the National Championship game.

His Draft Profile

Jameson Williams is listed a 6’1 and 179 lbs. He is projected to go in the first round. Williams could be a home-run hitter with his electric speed and route running ability. He has the talent to get separation in man coverage to get by the corners. Williams is a yards-after-catch threat and has experience as a kick returner.

One of the downsides to selecting Williams is his recent ACL tear. He expects to be ready by training camp, but this could slow him down. Williams also lacks strength in contested catch situations.

Jameson Williams showed he could be an impact player in college football’s most competitive conference. He also played at his best during his team’s most important games. Overall, Williams has the right attitude and skillset to be a first-round draft pick.

Is He A Good Fit In Philly?

The Eagles found their number one receiver last year in DeVonta Smith, but they need more. Philadelphia’s 2020 first-round pick Jalen Reagor has struggled to make an impact. Lower round draft picks such as JJ Arcega-Whiteside, John Hightower, and Quez Watkins haven’t showed enough.  

Philadelphia recently brought in a couple of free agent receivers but did not get any big names. Former Colts receiver Zach Pascal signed a one-year deal, and the Eagles are giving an Olympic track star, Devon Allen, a chance for a roster spot. Even with the additions, the Eagles are still lacking talent and depth at wide receiver. 

The Eagles have two first-round picks and ten selections overall. Picking a wide receiver in the first-round three years in a row might seem excessive, but this is the year to do it.

Besides Jameson Williams, Drake London (USC) and Garett Wilson (Ohio State) could be other top targets. The Eagles should use one of their first-round picks on a wide receiver and address another need with the other.

A proven star like Jameson Williams is the perfect fit to help elevate the Eagles’ offense. He should be able to make an immediate impact as long as he recovers fully from the ACL injury. Williams would allow the Eagles to spread the ball out more and make Jalen Hurts an even better dual-threat quarterback.

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