Denver Broncos get high-upside player in WR Seth Williams

Denver Broncos, Seth Williams, Pat Surtain II. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]Iron Bowl Alabama Vs Auburn
Denver Broncos, Seth Williams, Pat Surtain II. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]Iron Bowl Alabama Vs Auburn /

The Denver Broncos have addressed primary needs in the 2021 NFL Draft, they absolutely killed it on day two, and now they are looking for high-upside types of players on day three. That’s exactly what they are getting in Auburn wide receiver Seth Williams.

The Denver Broncos drafted Williams with the 219th pick overall in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, and he represents one of the better value selections for any team on day three so far.

This year’s wide receiver class was maybe not as highly renowned as the 2020 class, but there is tremendous depth and value players in every round, and the Denver Broncos just got one of the better all-around values.

Keeping in theme with going after players who have tremendous athletic profiles, the Broncos got a guy in Williams who could wind up being an eventual replacement for Tim Patrick if he departs when his contract expires after the 2021 season.

Williams is 6-foot-3, 211 pounds, and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds. He also posted a 37-inch vertical jump and he’s got tremendous length and catch radius.

Along with some of the other talented receivers in Denver, Williams is a guy who doesn’t lose a ton of one-on-one situations.

He had a tough time this past season with Jaycee Horn, and Horn went 8th overall in the 2021 Draft as a result of his dominance over Williams and pretty much everyone else he faced.

With some of the worst QB help in the country, Williams consistently stood out for Auburn over the past few years. In scouting other players from Alabama, Florida, and LSU for the 2020 NFL Draft, Williams consistently popped up on the radar when he was going up against those teams making big plays.

Williams caught 132 passes in three seasons with 17 touchdowns among them, along with an average of over 16 yards per catch.

He was a big-time red zone receiver who excelled at blocking in Auburn’s run-heavy attack, but inconsistency in his game is why he’s being picked in the sixth round instead of in the second or third.

He doesn’t have elite play speed, so he’s truly more of the big-bodied receiver who is going to out-muscle guys down the field and win matchups in the red zone or in contested catch situations with his long arms and big, strong hands.

Why did the Denver Broncos take another wide receiver?

DaeSean Hamilton is reportedly on the trade block. He, along with Tim Patrick, Courtland Sutton, and Diontae Spencer are all free agents after the 2021 season.

Williams is a nice developmental piece to go along with the rest of the young guys — Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, Tyrie Cleveland — the Denver Broncos have on the roster.