Chargers WR: The NFL Combine Is Overrated

Mike Williams explained why the NFL Combine isn't as important as people think

Tiki and Tierney
December 19, 2018 - 8:56 pm

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More than a dozen college football players will skip bowl season to prepare for the Combine and NFL Draft. Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams, who won a national title at Clemson, understands why players are making that decision – especially the likely top picks, for whom an injury would be catastrophic.

But if prospects simply want to focus on the Combine, well, that’s a different story.

“I feel like the Combine is overrated,” Williams said on Tiki and Tierney. “You’re just running around. You’re not playing football at the Combine. Just because you can run fast, that don’t really mean anything. I feel like it’s overrated.”

Williams, the seventh overall pick in 2017, had a quiet rookie season, finishing with 11 catches for 95 yards in 10 games. His second season, however, has been much more productive. Williams has 37 catches for 592 yards and nine touchdowns, two of which came during the Chargers’ 29-28 win in Kansas City in Week 15.

Williams, 24, praised Philip Rivers, 37, for helping him acclimate to the NFL.

“He helped me a lot,” Williams said. “Just to have a quarterback like Philip early on in my career, someone who knows the game and knows how to read coverages and knows how to put you in the right position to be successful – I’ve been grateful just to have him as my quarterback. I’m just enjoying the ride.”

The Chargers (11-3) host the Ravens (8-6) this Saturday at 8:20 p.m. ET.