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New Orleans Saint Eyeing Alabama’s Jameson Williams To FulFill WR Needs

The New Orleans Saints have their eyes on wide receiver Jameson Williams, for this year’s draft class.

Despite an ACL injury, the Saints are ready to welcome the Alabama University standout to the team. Williams was swept into the national spotlight in 2021 with the Crimson Tide after spending the first two years of his college career at Ohio State. His time with the university was underwhelming, catching only 15 balls for 266 yards.

In contrast, his only season with Crimson Tide proved promising. Williams had 79 receptions for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. He finished in the top five in the NCAA in receiving yards and touchdowns, and he led the SEC in all three categories. He had at least five receptions in eight games, and in 15 games, he had at least 100 yards seven times, putting him on track to be the No. 1 receiver in this draft class. Before tearing his ACL in the National Championship Game against Georgia, Williams was on his way to another stellar performance. Though impressive, Williams was unable to participate in all workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine and Alabama’s Pro Day due to his injuries. His rehabilitation is on track to make a full recovery, but he could miss up to half of his first season. If the Saints select Williams, he will be their first initial-round receiver since Brandin Cooks in 2014.

The Saints are not the only team eyeing Williams. On Friday, April 15th, the Kansas City Chiefs hosted Williams for a medical-related top-30 visit. The WR shared a photo on his Instagram Story from The Country Club Plaza. A source close to the Chiefs confirmed the visit. The New York Jets also have Williams on their radar, though it remains unclear if the team is willing to be patient while Williams rehabs.

Despite the other teams vying for Williams’s attention, The Saints are prepared to make their move early on in the draft. Despite veteran WR Michael Thomas returning from the ankle injury that forced him to sit out his entire 2021 season, the Saints are still in need of another quality pass catcher. Last season, they were last in the NFL in passing offense and have yet to add to the position in free agency.

While Williams is a top prospect, several concerns still linger. Williams has a small frame, which might make him vulnerable to physical cornerbacks. One of his biggest areas of improvement will be to broaden his release moves at the line of scrimmage. On disputed throws, Williams may get lost in high-traffic areas over the middle and is easily bodied out by muscular opponents.

Nevertheless, The New Orleans Saints are ready to put him to the test. The 2022 NFL Draft will begin on Thursday, April 28th, and end on Saturday, April 30th.

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