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2015 NFL Draft Results: Grading the P.J. Williams Pick

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With their second of two third round picks, the Saints have selected P.J. Williams. How do you grade the pick?

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

With the 78th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints have selected Florida State cornerback, P.J. Williams.

Here is a look at the newest Saint, from NFL.com:

STRENGTHS

Possesses desired height, weight and speed. Able to face up and handle business from press coverage all game long. Bump-and-run specialist. Length and strength to put a receiver into detour mode off the jam. Waits to open hips up until receiver has committed to his release. Able to turn, run and close. Has feel to stay wired on inside or outside releases. Able to get on top of vertical routes and smother. Can carry speed down the field. Outstanding timing and ball skills to knock throw away. Instinctive and aware, extending outside of his area to make plays. Sure tackler in open field with second gear to explode into ball carriers.

WEAKNESSES

Physical down the field and could take time to acclimate to NFL illegal-contact rules. Stays on high-side down the field, opening himself to easy comebacks. Appears to lose some interest when asked to cover in zone. Won't be able to consistently jam savvy NFL receivers off the line. Motor runs hot and cold. Shows up ready when stakes are high, but puts it in cruise control and play looks less motivated against lesser opponents. Inconsistent to step downhill and attack the run.

BOTTOM LINE

Cover cornerback with the talent to play on an island, and the swagger to regroup and forget when beaten. Williams can cover outside or from the slot, and has potential to come in and start right away for an aggressive man-cover defense. Williams had some issues recovering when beaten deep and may end up making a move to safety on the next level. He has the talent to be a capable NFL starter at either position.

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Saints Draft Picks

  • 13th Overall (Round 1) - Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
  • 31st Overall (Round 1) - Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson
  • 44th Overall (Round 2) - Hau'oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington
  • 75th Overall (Round 3) - Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State
  • 78th Overall (Round 3) - P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
  • 148th Overall (Round 5)
  • 154th Overall (Round 5)
  • 187th Overall (Round 6)
  • 230th Overall (Round 7)

Saints Remaining Team Needs

  • Cornerback
  • Inside Linebacker
  • Outside Linebacker
  • Wide Receiver
  • Offensive Tackle
  • Quarterback of the future