2022 NFL Draft Notes: Lions trade 20 spots to select Alabama WR Jameson Williams with the 12th overall pick

The tide continues to roll for Alabama receivers in the first round of the NFL Draft. This time it’s wideout Jameson Williams, who was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 12th overall pick in the 2022 Las Vegas draft. Detroit traded with the 32nd overall pick Minnesota Vikings to bring Williams to Motor City.

Throughout the season, Williams, who transferred to Alabama from Ohio State, was considered the top receiver in this class of 2022. However, an anterior cruciate ligament injury at the National Championships earlier this year affected his draft stock, as he was the fourth receiver off the board. That said, not only does his high selection in the first round despite his knee injury show just how talented Williams is, it also highlights how well he has progressed in his recovery. As the 2022 draft approached, reports indicated that the 21-year-old is well into his rehabilitation, which is an encouraging sign that the Lions will see him on the field sooner rather than later.

Williams was a first-team All-American in 2021 and has all the makings of a true NFL #1 receiver when healthy. Last season, he had 79 receptions for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. That production will now be injected into a Lions offense that ranked 29th in the DVOA last season.

With sophomore Amon-Ra St. Brown, running back D’Andre Swift and tight end TJ Hockenson already in place, the addition of Williams creates a promising roster of offensive weapons for Jared Goff in 2022. the franchise’s long-term quarterback going forward.

Serie B

Pedro Prisco: This is the best receiver in the draft. Lions can wait to get you healthy. When he is healthy, he will be a dynamic star. They made a bold move to get him, but they gave up a lot to get him. They better hope he is what they think he can become. I think he’s a star.

Measurement report

Assessment: 90.63 (All-Pro)

Pro comparison: Jerry Jeudy

Forces: Sleek, fast and thin flared with a bouncy and flexible game. It shifts gears on its route and has top field speed. Above-average separator because of its ultra-light feet. It was used in the jet sweep/screen game often and was normally productive there. All this is a testament to his dynamic athletic features. Showed the ability to track the ball away from his frame. Won outside and in the slot. Beautiful off-line releases. It could be a WR1 eventually, but it should start out as a deep threat that gets some jet-sweeping action.

Weaknesses: Occasionally the body catches the ball. It can be outplayed at times against press coverage. Just one year of great production.

Compliments:

  • 2021: Led the SEC in play yards (1,572) and play TDs (15)
  • 2021: Lead the nation in 30+ yard touchdowns (11) and 70+ yard touchdowns (four)

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