TE Michael Williams (Alabama) - Round 7, Pick No. 211
With their first seventh-round pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions went with Alabama tight end Michael Williams. This pick came after the Lions went with a wide receiver and running back, and they turned to Williams to add some depth at tight end.
After redshirting his freshman year at Alabama, Williams went on to play in 54 career games for the Crimson Tide. He made 41 starts over the course of four seasons.
What the experts are saying
Williams looks like a lean offensive tackle, and often blocks like one; he might have the speed of a lineman, as well, but his solid receiving hands and red zone presence will virtually guarantee that he sticks in the NFL for a very long time as a team's second tight end.
Michael Williams is one of the most experienced players on this Alabama Offense. He has had over 40 career starts and shown to be a very efficient overall TE. He has had big games as a receiver but is much more of the old school TE that is more of a blocker then a receiver. His inability to be a threat in the passing game will keep him from getting drafted early but his skills as a blocker will allow him to make a solid backup in the NFL.
Williams has prototypical size as a traditional 'Y' tight end. He lacks agility and burst, and is most effective as a short-to-intermediate target. We like his hands and focus in traffic. Williams also has upside as an inline blocker with his size and natural strength, but he can become a more consistent finisher.
2009: 3 catches, 29 yards
2010: 8 catches, 100 yards, 1 TD
2011: 16 catches, 191 yards, 2 TD
2012: 24 catches, 183 yards, 4 TD
- Williams touchdown reception vs. Penn State
- Williams touchdown reception on fake FG vs. Arkansas
- Williams 40-yard dash at Alabama pro day
- Williams interview at SEC Media Days
Outlook for 2013
Williams is expected to take over Will Heller's role in the offense as the primary blocking tight end/H-back. He likely won't be thrown to all that often, but he should still see plenty of action as a blocker.