Louisiana State cornerback Greedy Williams has joined the 2019 NFL Draft, declaring this afternoon. In the wake of LSU's announced bowl date with Central Florida, Williams took to the Twitter-sphere to announce his intentions.
Williams' addition to the 2019 NFL Draft is a welcomed addition. In quoting Jon Ledyard's preseason report, here's the skinny on Williams' pro prospect and where he wins as a player:
"Greedy Williams’ athleticism, size and length all appear to be top-notch. Mirror-and-match skills to play in man coverage. Does a great job working through/around a receiver to contest the catch point. "
Williams, who entered the season as the consensus top cornerback prospect, has not done anything to dissuade those supporters of his game from thinking any differently. Williams' presence in the 2019 NFL Draft class will yield a lot of conversation about him as a potential top-10 to top-15 selection. His presence adds star power to a draft class that has ample defensive talent, albeit little in the secondary.
As it relates to Williams and his peers at the cornerback position, the perception of a top talent is accurate. In my eye, Greedy Williams is only rivaled by one potential entrant into the 2019 NFL Draft, Washington's Byron Murphy, for the title of the top cornerback. I love his ball skills, his length and his quickness for his stature. Those traits are boxes that NFL franchises hope to check before considering at the top of the first round. Williams checks them all effectively, meaning that without the emergence of any poor character flags or abysmal testing, Williams will fulfill his potential as a top prospect at his position.
For LSU, the loss of Williams going forward is disappointing but not unexpected. The Tigers have talent locked in for 2020, most particularly Safety Grant Delpit, in the secondary. But this offseason has the potential to go from bad to worse if fellow cornerback and rising prospect Kristian Fulton also opts to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Fulton, who sat out the entire 2017 season for a drug related suspension, is a former five-star prospect and excelled across from Williams as a first year starter this season.
Williams has made no indication of whether or not he plans to participate in the team's bowl game.