Will has the speed and the lateral agility to impact at the next level. He has
those soft hands and can adjust to the ball in the air to make a great catch
that will break a game wide open. He runs excellent routes and, as an outside
receiver in a spread offense, Will can become an impact player and the type of
player who requires more than one defender. Will is the type of receiver who
somehow gets behind the defense even when the defense knows that he is going to
be running a deep route. He has that sneaky way of running routes against zone
coverage that leaves him open on almost every play and, with a strong arm
quarterback to throw the ball to him, he can drive a zone coverage team crazy.
Because of his quickness, lateral agility and excellent route running, he is a
handful against single coverage and most corners will need help from a safety to
shut him down and even then, Iím not convinced you can keep him from impacting.
Will has some after-the-catch skills because of his lateral agility, but the
truth is that you are drafting him for his ability to get behind the defense
against single and zone coverages and Will can do that with surprising ease. He
is a willing blocker, looks to be a good teammate and loves to catch the ball
deep and make the big play.
He is not the type of receiver you can build your passing game around because of
his lack of bulk to take the pounding of an every down receiver. In spite of his
speed and quickness, working Will in routes that put his body up for hard hits
is not the smartest way to use him. Keep him on the outside, have him run routes
inside or out to the sidelines and deep and not many over the middle and he can
stay on the field and impact. He lacks the bulk to be your franchise receiver,
but has the moxie to be your impact receiver.
TALENT BOARD ROUND: 2
Willís talents, receiving skills and size remind me a lot of former Colts HOF
receiver Marvin Harrison. Marvin was not forced to run all the routes on the
route tree because the coaches and the quarterback knew that running all the
routes would most likely get him injured. So they made sure he was on the
outside and didnít run too many routes to the middle of the field and, when he
did, the quarterback threw the ball low so that Marvin would get down after his
catch. If Will is used the same way with an excellent quarterback who can throw
deep with accuracy, he can be an impact player; however, he has to stay healthy
and on the field to establish this. Will is sneaky good, sneaky fast, sneaky
quick and has the hands and the ability to adjust to the ball in the air and
make the difficult catch down the field. What he lacks is the bulk and believe
me that will not change Ė itís just his body type -- so be smart, use him wisely
and he will be an impact player for the team that selects him.