Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by Dyluke, Mar 29, 2005.
Very good analogy by Rang.
The problem I have with Clayton is that I don't think he'll be able to just step in right away.
His style of play is not one that adapts easily to the NFL. He's not going to be able to just run around freely and juke out people in the secondary like you see in his highlight video. Not in a league where LB's run like cornerbacks. He's not going to be able to be cute, dance around and put a 360 spin move on Brian Dawkins without losing teeth and short term memory. YAC in the NFL is hard to come by unless you can either out run people (Marvin Harrison) or push them around (TO).
I made a comparison to Josh Reed on the other board. That's who Clayton reminds me of in stature, style and college production. Some other examples I can think of are Pete Warrick, Troy Edwards and Santana Moss. All of them were hugely successfull in college. Reed, Edwards and Warrick have been disappointments in the Pros. Moss has turned out to be a pretty decent #2 WR, after he adjusted his game to the NFL. He didn't do crap until his 3rd year in the league, and I'm not sure Clayton is on his level as an athlete (Moss was a track star at Miami). All of these gusy found out that the NFL is much more of a straight line game for WR's, and less juking and jiving.
Its not about dancing around and being cute in this league like it is in college. Its about having the skills to line up man on man to beat him. Then you get what you can, while you can ... because help is on the way and its coming in a hurry. I think Williamson's game better translates to the NFL.
Great Post. Willimason broke as many tackles as Clayton. Clayton had as many body catches as Willimason. Clayton is more polished route runner and Willimason has more upside. To argue that one is a bad draft choice is flat out stupid. Any true football person would be happy with either.
WHAT?!?! Not only did Clayton break more tackles, but he made more people miss too. Not even close.
He's gonna be a stud all right....most underrated WR in the draft
I don't think Williamson has all that much more "upside" like everyone is insisting. Why, because he's 3 inches taller? Clayton is pretty tough and will fight for a ball. And I think any "upside" advantages Williamson might have had over Clayton went away when they changed the rules to where you can't think of touching a WR. Let's not forget that Clayton also ran a 4.40 40 and has well proven that he can be a very productive WR. He's polished and has everything you'd want in a WR, except a lot of height. Williamson hasn't proven anything except that he has good size and decent speed. Clayton actually reminds me a lot of Terry Glenn...a less fragile version with better RAC. I'm not tryin to hate on Williamson but I think for our situation, if we are going to take a WR and are choosing between these two guys, I'd go with Clayton. We've blown too many draft picks in the last 10 years to keep taking huge gambles on guys that could be monumental busts. At least play the odds every now and then.
I think Mike Williams is about the only guy I'd consider rolling the dice on.
Clayton is a very good run blocker, and he returned punts this year after Antonio Perkins went down with a knee injury. He returned one for a TD against oklahoma state.
And here it is...
Clayton punt return TD
Most people don't think of him as a PR, but he definitely can return a kick. He just got stuck behind one of the all-time greats in Perkins.