Saturday, March 12, 2011

Arkansas TE D. J. Williams to hold private workout with Dolphins

The Miami Dolphin are expected to hold a private workout with former Arkansas tight end D. J. Williams later this month, according to the National Football Post.

A Little Rock native, Williams started at tight end for three seasons with the Razorbacks, amassing a 149 receptions, 1,831 yards and 10 touchdowns in four years. He was a three-time All-SEC selection, was named to numerous All-American teams during his collegiate career, and received the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end as a senior in 2010.

Williams ran a 4.59 40-yard dash at February's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month, where he reportedly interviewed with the Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He stood on his numbers from the Combine at his recent Pro Day, choosing instead to only participate in position drills.

Williams is currently ranked by CBSSports.com as the third tight end in this year's class, behind Notre Dame's Kyle Rudolph and Tennessee's Luke Stocker. ESPN ranks Williams as the fifth-best tight end and the 121st best overall player in the draft.


Analysis

While the Dolphins are certainly going to do their homework and look under every rock before the draft, I'm a bit surprised they are showing such interest in Williams as a tight end prospect.

He's absolutely one of the best tight ends available in this draft, but at just 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds, he significantly lacks the prototypical size the Dolphins have looked for in tight ends over the past few years.

It's possible the team could be interested in Williams for a potential fullback/H-back role due to his speed and receiving ability. It's also possible the team could be willing to give up a little in the size department to pair a quality receiving tight end with a well-rounded, good blocker like Anthony Fasano.

One final advantage to working out Williams and getting a chance to talk to the guy up close and privately is that they can try to dig for info on controversial but talented Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett.

If the Dolphins are interested in drafting Williams, however, they'll likely need to trade back into the second round or hope to land him in the third round this April.


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