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Assessing Evan Williams’ performance at the 2024 NFL Combine

All of the best college football has to offer have gathered in Indianapolis this weekend for the NFL Combine and Oregon safety Evan Williams is among those trying to help out his draft status.

Right now, scouts consider Williams as a backup safety who will play on special teams, but with a strong combine and the possibility of a good pro day in a couple of months, that evaluation will improve.

When Williams transferred to Oregon from Fresno State, he filled in a huge need at the back of the secondary for the one season he was a Duck. He may not have all the talent in the world as compared to those elite safeties, but an NFL team, should they choose to select him, will get a player who will outwork any of those elite players in camp.

Measureables

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Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 200 pounds

Hand Size: 10 1/8″

Arm Length: 30 1/8

40-Yard Dash

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Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Official Time: 4.60 seconds

Rank at Position: 14th of 19 Players

10-Yard Split

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Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Official Split Time: 1.55 seconds

Rank at Position: 11th of 19 Players

Vertical Jump

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Ethan Landa, DucksWire

Official Measurement: 40.5″

Rank at Position: 2nd of 20 players

Broad Jump

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Official Measurement: 10’6″

Rank at Position: 4th of 20 players

NFL Combine Grade

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Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA TODAY NETWORK

NFL Combine Grade: 5.80 (out of 8.0)

Some of Williams’ strengths were listed as follows:

  • Plays with the mindset of a linebacker and good stopping power.

  • Knows where entry points are located as a run defender in the box.

  • Rushes downhill to make hits on pass catchers.

  • Does a nice job of closing out crossing routes from high safety.

  • Rough-and-tumble play demeanor fits special teams mold.

Here were his weaknesses according to scouts:

  • Frame looks less athletic and more broad and burly.

  • Will struggle against run and pass when aligned in big space.

  • Below-average anticipation to the route in man coverage.

  • Lacks long speed to close the distance over the top.

  • Missing reactive athleticism to keep missed tackle total from piling up.

Story originally appeared on Ducks Wire