Maxx Williams – TE – Minnesota
Nov 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers tight end Maxx Williams (88) catches a touchdown past Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back John Lowdermilk (37) in the first half at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
The simplest way to replace the production of a phenomenal pass catching #88? Go out and draft another. Thought to be a late first rounder, Minnesota’s Maxx Williams may be gone by the time the Falcons are on the clock today, but if he’s still available then TD should seriosuly consider the tight end. Williams is a perfect fit in OC Kyle Shanahan’s scheme, as he has the size, speed and hands to spread the field and will force opposing defenses into a lot of mismatches. Put next to Julio Jones, Roddy White, Devonta Freeman and catching passes from Matt Ryan, Williams would likely see single coverage for the most part, and his ability to gain seperation and be a factor in the redzone would add an extra level to the Falcons offense. While both his blocking and the crispness of his route running need improvement, Williams is the clear cut #1 tight end in the class, and could be a steal at 42nd overall.