Power ranking the Arizona Cardinals wide receivers
10. Chad Williams
NFL career stats: 8 starts, 20 receptions, 202 yards, 1 touchdown, 37.7% catch rate
A third-round pick just two drafts ago, Chad Williams has done nothing but struggle during his time for the Arizona Cardinals. His 37.7% catch rate, drops in big moments, and inability to be relied upon health-wise and when on the field drop Williams all the way to No. 10 in these power rankings.
Measuring in at 6-foot-1 and 204-pounds with 4.37 second 40-yard-dash speed, Steve Keim’s intrigue in the LSU turned Grambling State product was with reason. While his physical and athletic traits translated to the NFL, his hands didn’t; but his weaknesses did. His inability to create separation and clunky route-running are obvious.
Though he had a poor rookie season, Williams came into 2018 as the starter adjacent Larry Fitzgerald. Instead of proving his doubters wrong, he continued to prove them right. Pro Football Focus graded Williams at a lowly 53.7; good for 112th in the league for wide-outs. In ten games, Williams caught 37% of his targets for 17 receptions, 171 yards, and a touchdown.
Williams has an uphill battle to make the opening day 53-man roster. If this ranking says anything, he won’t make it. Unlike last year’s squad, the Cardinals are oozing talent that may be far more promising than what Williams brings and could later bring to the table.