2021 Packers Prospect Profile: Trill Williams
Name: Trill Williams
Height: 6′ 2″
Exciting. Electric. Dynamic. All words that describe how Trill Williams plays football. Some guys have a natural, uncoachable knack for making plays. Williams is that kind of cat. He only has 4 career interceptions but it’s clear to see that Williams puts himself in position to make plays on the football. In coverage, his wide receiver-like tracking turns almost every ball into a 50/50 situation. Even more impressive is his strip ball skills. With his strong hands, Williams is a thief at ripping the ball away from opponents. Furthermore, when the ball is in his hands, he turns into a running back. This guy will make plenty of field tilting plays at the next level.
Williams could use polish in the sense that he needs to improve on certain technical aspects of playing defensive back. However, his natural size and fluid movement can help him thrive in coverage. He has the speed and agility to keep up with wide receivers. Also, as a tall and physical cornerback, he can cover bigger wide receivers in one-on-one situations. Very strong prospect for a corner.
When plays are in front of him in zone, Williams is at his best. As a smooth operator with elite ball skills, he reads well and can react rapidly. Williams has a knack for giving space, then closing incredibly quickly. He can bait opposing quarterbacks into aggressive throws and close in an instant to make a play on the ball. Williams is ideal for a cover 3 scheme.
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William states that he is not just a cornerback, he’s rather a defensive back weapon. Having played both slot cornerback and on the outside along with some safety, he is just that. Williams can move all over the defensive formation with efficiency. Personally, I feel he is best suited as a boundary corner, but there is an intriguing possibility of him playing safety. Teams that like to deploy 3 safeties (such as the Packers) will love his fit. With Williams’ playmaking ability and being able to cover bigger targets, he would shine. A Swiss army knife, Williams fits into any and all defenses.
Williams has a linebacker mentality in a DB body. Williams doesn’t shy away from putting a hat on opponents. This is a tough prospect that lives for a physical battle. Some corners do just enough to bring ball carriers down. On the other hand, Williams looks to impose his will. In a game where the art of tackling is being lost, you have to appreciate the throwback tough-guy style that Williams brings.
Why Williams for the Packers?
Yes, the Packers re-signed Kevin King. However, trust and believe the cornerback spot opposite of Jaire Alexander is not set in stone. Green Bay will likely be bringing in secondary help via the draft.
Trill Williams has everything a new defensive coordinator would want in a player. Cornerbacks need to have an unflappable mindset. They need to play like an alpha and put every mistake in the rearview mirror. Williams checks all these boxes. He also brings a dog-like toughness and tackling ability Green Bay could use.
The NFC is loaded with big wide receivers. Put a young cocky rookie on them and let the physical battle begin. With Trill’s playmaking ability, Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry could move him all over the secondary. In a Cover-3 scheme, Williams could not only eat but feast. The Packers haven’t had a true do-it-all corner in a long time (outside of Alexander of course). What they need to complement their All-Pro player, is a defensive back that can cover wide receivers, blitz, and drop in the box. They also want a playmaker both in terms of interceptions and the ability to rip the ball from a carrier. Williams encompasses all of those various roles. He could be a steal in the upcoming draft.
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