Chargers grab Clemson WR Mike Williams with 1st pick in LA

Francis Osborne
April 30, 2017

Not many had Williams going to the Chargers, especially when you consider the problems they had in the secondary last season, but apparently the Clemson wideout's "secret workout" with Los Angeles last week convinced the organization that Williams was worth taking at seventh overall.

Going into the draft, there was plenty of speculation that the Los Angeles Chargers would use their first overall selection in the 2017 National Football League draft on the defensive side of the ball.

"I'm looking forward to living in LA", Williams said in a phone interview from his family home in SC.

The muscular, 6-foot-4, 218-pound Williams will give Philip Rivers an inviting, physical target down field and in the red zone. "He'll have to be coached up with his routes and releases, but he has the talent to become a big safety blanket for a young quarterback". He also suffered a neck fracture in 2015.

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It'll be his first start since he injured his knee and ankle last Friday on a controversial takeout slide by Manny Machado . Two ex-Red Sox factored into the Yankees' 3-1 win at Fenway on Wednesday night, the first meeting of the rivals in 2017.

Williams recorded 98 catches for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016 for Clemson. Outside of that, Williams has a clean bill of health. In their first year back in LA and it all starts with the exciting receiver trio of Tyrell Williams, Keenan Allen, and Mike Williams. If we can't move out or we don't move up, I think we're in a good spot. "Connecting with each other, always hanging out, even hanging out here at the process". He's going to help me learn the playbook fast, too.

That speed is important because of the size Williams is working with. He did not run in the event at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Los Angeles Chargers have drafted wide receiver Mike Williams. Williams took plenty away from their time together. "I just looked up to him, continued to do what he did when he left".

If Williams doesn't turn into a perennial 1,000-yard receiver, it would be a great disappointment.

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