Williams did have a scare with a neck injury in 2015, but he rebounded well in 2016. Ross has more durability concerns, though, and Davis is unable to work out at the moment because of an ankle injury.
Now that Williams has run and run well, there’s no doubt he has reemerged as the best NFL prospect of the three, with only a little more than a month left the draft process.
So, how does he compare to those other Mike Williamses?
The Mike Williams from USC, who went No. 10 overall to the Lions in 2005, was monstrous at 6-5, 245 pounds, but not much else. The Mike Williams from Syracuse, who went in the fourth round to the Buccaneers in 2010, flashed early as a big playmaker with a nose for the end zone but couldn’t be consistent.
This Mike Williams is a lot closer to another Mike, Evans with Tampa Bay.
The big hits: Myles Garrett, the eventual first overall pick, was a top-five pick in five of the six premature mocks. Leonard Fournette, the fourth overall pick this year, was top-10 in all six, top-five in three … and exactly fourth in two, including SN.
The big misses: mostly quarterbacks, routinely impossible to predict.
The picks were almost unanimous on who the No. 1 choice would be: Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, first in five of the six, and second in the other. Now, go figure: Watson was coming off a great regular season, a loss in the national title game, and he was expected to reprise all of that, contending for a Heisman and another national title. He lived up to all of that … and was never even considered as an option to go No. 1. He ended up 12th overall, the third quarterback Cheap Basketball Jerseys taken.