If you think about the top wide receiver prospects in this year’s NFL Draft class, you’ll probably think of Laquon Treadwell, Josh Doctson, Corey Coleman, Will Fuller and a handful of others.
Well, Washington State product Dom Williams isn’t getting as much pub as some of his wide receiver counterparts, but he’s an intriguing prospect heading into this weekend. Williams is 6-3, nearly 200 pounds and last season had 73 catches for 997 yards and 11 touchdowns, which was second in the Pac-12. Nevertheless, he wasn’t invited to the Combine.
Not that that mattered. Williams dazzled at his Pro Day, running a 4.39 40 and recording a 41.5-inch vertical jump.
“I wanted to just show everybody that I am fast, I can run and I’m very athletic,” Williams said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Not being invited to the Combine, I tried to not let it get to me too much. I just kept on grinding. I was going to have my shot at Pro Day.”
Williams, a Pomono, California, native, enjoyed quite the transformation at Washington State, which went 9-4 in 2015, this after winning nine games in its previous two seasons combined.
“It was like night and day,” Williams said. “The mindset started changing. People were actually competing in practice. Practice got heated between the offense and defense. It showed as the season went along. We did lose a couple of games that we should have won, but you can’t change those so we just kept on moving forward.”
Williams ranks in the top three in school history in receptions (192), receiving yards (2,889) and receiving touchdowns (30). He attributed his success – and the team’s success – to head coach Mike Leach.
“I love Coach Leach,” Williams said. “His philosophy never changes. It’s up to you to make the offense work. He’s not going to scheme up any defensive teams that we play. We compete. It’s man-on-man and it never changes. I respect him and I love him. He pushed me to my limit and made me better.”
Williams’ biggest takeaway from Leach was a sense of pride and competitiveness.
“When you’re tried, that’s really when you take advantage of a defender – because they’re tired too,” Williams said. “They’re chasing me around. When you’re tired, you really got to push through and finish. The biggest thing with Coach Leach was, ‘Hey, you’re a man and there’s another man across you. It’s up to you.’”