August 24, 2014

No. 5: Williams





D'haquille Williams
6-foot-2, 216 pounds, Junior

BUNKER rank BM rank AD rank JGT rank
7 7 4 8

In wideout Sammie Coates, Auburn has a dominant, game-breaking element that demands frequent defensive oversight.

D'haquille "Duke" Williams now doubles that defensive misery.

The junior college transfer will open the 2014 season, his first at Auburn, as a utility receiver with the ability to thrive both in the slot or outside. Williams is an aggressive receiver who savors contact and is made to manage it: He's approaching 220 pounds.

So what exactly does Auburn have in Williams? He's difficult to quantify. Though he lacks elite speed, Williams can be used as a featured guy on the outside because of his strength and aerial ability. He posted an Instagram video of himself two weeks ago, which showed him making a one-handed catch on a ball thrown into double coverage.

He can be that guy.

Williams also can be a posssession receiver -- albeit one who can accomplish a lot after the catch. There's a stigma associated with that term because it doesn't connotate great speed, but every team needs someone who can get open in high-pressure situations and make the catch.

He can be that guy.

Everything about Williams suggests he's going to be a major element of the Tigers' attack this season.
- Jay G. Tate

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