The 2020 NFL Draft is stacked with big-name prospects at the safety position. Grant Delpit, Xavier McKinney, Ashtyn Davis, and Brandon Jones have dominated the conversation to this point. However, there are quite a few great safety options in this class from small schools as well. For a great example of this, look no further than Wesley College senior Coray Williams.
Standing 6’2″ and weighing in at 211 pounds, Williams looks the part of an NFL strong safety. He backs it up on film as well, showing impressive tackling ability and ball skills that rival any other 2020 NFL Draft safety prospect. Here are Coray’s pros and cons based on my film study and statistical analysis of him.
He is aggressive and cuts off angles in the open field. Williams has plus ball skills. Tackling form is top-notch. He knows when to wrap up and when to go for the big hit. Strength is outstanding, consistently bullies larger blockers. Simply has an innate sense of where he needs to be. Closes on the ball carrier quickly but under control. Very rarely gets beat in the open field.
The level of competition he faced at the D3 level is a valid concern. He is obviously the best player on the field at all times and will have to adjust to the speed of the NFL game. A good but not necessarily elite athlete, Williams will have to rely more on his admittedly outstanding instincts as opposed to just being bigger and stronger than his opponents.
Overall: Williams is a diamond in the rough. He has the size and ability to be a starting NFL safety, he just needs to be given the opportunity. Williams is better suited to play strong safety at the next level, but could certainly fill in as a free safety in certain alignments.
Comparison: Kenny Vaccaro