3 Most Likely Jameson Williams Destinations in 2022 NFL Draft

Larry Rupp
Three of the most likely NFL teams to draft wide receiver Jameson Williams.
Three of the most likely NFL teams to draft wide receiver Jameson Williams. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

If it wasn't for an ACL injury suffered during the National Championship game, wide receiver Jameson Williams would likely be a top-10 pick on Thursday night. The good news is that he is still expected to be taken in the first round following a breakout junior season with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Williams posted 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns on 79 receptions and showed off his elite speed by averaging 19.9 yards per catch. He remains adamant that he will be ready to go by the start of the season, so let's take a look at three of the most likely landing spots for the 21-year-old.

Jameson Williams NFL Draft

1. New York Jets

The New York Jets own two first-round picks (No. 4 & 10) and want to add to their existing wide receiving core. That became obvious when general manager Joe Douglas threw the team's hat in the ring during trade talks for Tyreek Hill and Amari Cooper. Selecting Williams would be a statement move considering the fact that the Jets haven't taken a WR in the first round since 2001 (Santana Moss). It could easily end up being worth the risk given the Alabama standout is the best deep threat in this entire class. Williams' speed makes him a touchdown threat no matter where the offense lines up on the field. That is exactly the type of player the Jets are missing.

2. Philadelphia Eagles

A top-10 selection seems a bit out of reach for Williams, which makes the Philadelphia Eagles a logical suitor at No. 15 or No. 18 overall. The Eagles hit a home run by drafting DeVonta Smith in the first round last year, but the team features very little depth behind him. Quez Watkins hauled in only 43 receptions in 2021 and free agent signee Zach Pascal tallied just 384 yards. That is not going to cut it for a team that needs to surround quarterback Jalen Hurts with players capable of racking up yards after the catch. Fortunately, that is one of Williams' strong suits. He is slippery in the open field and is a tough tackle for even the most talented defenders.

3. New Orleans Saints

The Saint are clearly in win-now mode after dealing their 2023 first-round pick in order to acquire a second first-round pick on Thursday night. Selecting at No. 16 and No. 19 overall, New Orleans could provide quarterback Jameis Winston with a much-needed weapon on offense. After all, the Saints finished with the fewest receptions (293) and receiving yards (3,437) in the NFL last season. Williams possesses exceptional short-area quickness and can create separation in the blink of an eye. Pairing him with Pro Bowler Michael Thomas would go a long way in fixing New Orleans' issues at the WR position.

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