Detroit Lions: Examining the Fit of Each 2022 NFL Draft Pick

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Detroit Lions, Jameson Williams
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Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

After selecting Hutchinson, the Detroit Lions jumped up from 32 to 12 to take Jameson Williams out of Alabama. The Lions love Williams as they were incredibly aggressive, giving up 32, 34, and 66 for 12 and 46 to get him despite coming off a torn ACL. Once healthy, Williams could completely transform the Lions’ offense.

Williams is a true track star on the field with Tyreek Hill-level speed to threaten defenses. Williams likely would have run in the 4.3s or maybe even faster if he was able to run. The defense will always have to give him special attention to ensure he doesn’t beat them over the top.

Williams also knows how to use his speed to get open on other routes. He is a good route-runner who gets in and out of breaks quickly and does a great job running comebacks and double moves taking advantage of the defense’s fear of his speed.

If he does have the ball in his hands, Williams is just as lethal with the ability to make defenders miss and take it to the house. Once returned from his ACL injury, Williams will be the Lions’ big-play threat on offense, starting and seeing time at both the X and Z receiver spots.

The defense will have to scheme to prevent him from getting over the top, which will open up space for other playmakers such as T.J. Hockenson and Amon-Ra St. Brown.