NAME: Anthony Ratliff-Williams
SCHOOL: North Carolina
POSITION: Wide Receiver
JERSEY: No. 17
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 205 lbs
A high school quarterback, Ratliff-Williams made the switch to receiver at UNC and has showcases an NFL skill set with plenty of playmaking upside in a variety of ways. The Tarheels’ leading receiver in 2017, Ratliff-Williams also averaged 26.3 yards per kick return while returning two for touchdowns. He’s a dynamic player.
Averaging 18 yards per reception in 2017, Ratliff-Williams has the ability to win at every level of the field. His kick return ability shows up after the catch where his vision and acceleration stand out. As a vertical receiver, Ratliff-Williams showcases strong ball tracking skills and the vertical speed to get behind the secondary. In the intermediate areas, Ratliff-Williams illustrates an alpha mentality at the catch point and assertively attacks the football. And UNC taps into his quarterbacking background and gives him opportunities to make throws on gadget plays that keeps the defense honest.
The task ahead for Ratliff-Williams as a junior is becoming a more nuanced route-runner. Polishing up his footwork at the release, attacking leverage and doing more to sell his breaks is needed.
Whether it’s catching passes at all levels of the field, hitting a throw or breaking off a big return, Ratliff-Williams is one of the most versatile playmakers in the ACC.