Leading up to the NFL Draft many teams will continue their evaluation process on prospects while altering their draft boards in preparation for Draft day. Couch Potato GM will provide you a breakdown of two prospects matched against each other with similar draft projections to get you prepped for the 2015 draft. Voting option below for your input on who you think the better prospect is.
The Similarities: Watching the two best tight end prospects on tape, Maxx Williams and Clive Walford are eerily similar in the way they play the game and the skill set they will bring to an NFL franchise. Both players are combo tight ends who can play inline or split out wide with the ability to bring a nastiness in the running game and help a QB through the air with their receiving ability. Williams stands at 6’4 249 lbs is nearly identical to Walford 6’4 251 lbs frame. Add that with their 40 yard dash times being .01 seconds apart, both tight ends are mirror images from a measurement and physical standpoint. What impressed me the most was their ability to move defenders in the run game. Showing good pad level, able to read their assignments, and get to the second level.
The Differences: With so many glaring similarities between the two prospects you really need to look deeper into the small intricacies of the game to pinpoint the differences. Before getting into the differences I see let me start by saying Williams, the better blocker of the two is a much better receiver than people give him credit for because of the run first offense he played in at Minnesota. Also, Walford on the other hand is a much better blocker than people think as he has improved in that aspect in each of his four years at Miami. An advantage Williams has is his hands and awareness on the field, having the ability to make tough catches on the sidelines while dragging his feet to stay in bounds. Walford’s advantage over Williams comes in his route running, having the ability to separate from defenders utilizing his subtleness in-and-out of his breaks that throws defenders off. Walford will make his money up the seams at the next level.
NFL Comparison: Maxx Williams – Jason Witten; Clive Walford – Dwayne Allen
The Verdict: Headley and Juice like Clive Walford; Strud likes Maxx Williams