2015 NFL Draft Rankings: JBB Big Board 21-30

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Sep 13, 2014; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers tight end Maxx Williams (88) catches a pass while defended by TCU Horned Frogs safety Sam Carter (17) and TCU Horned Frogs linebacker Marcus Mallet (54) in the first quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

23. Maxx Williams, TE Minnesota: 89

Pros: Williams may just be a redshirt sophomore, but simply in terms of being a matchup nightmare he is more than ready for the NFL. His routes are quality and he plays with solid hands. His offensive contributions were limited with Minnesota because their offense was relatively conservative and run based, but even under those circumstances he recorded over 550 yards and 8 touchdowns.

When it came to aerial weapons on the Gophers last season, the primary target on nearly every passing down was Williams. That speaks measures to how effective of a tight end he is and playing in a running based offense he will have the versatility that any team could use even as a first round draft selection.

Cons: Like many modern tight ends, Williams is an offensive weapon first and a blocker a distant second. Williams is willing to get in there and grind it out, but it simply is not his forte. With that in mind, Williams will likely make his biggest plays off of playaction, and if that means blocking more often than not, it would not prohibit me from taking him early.


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