Oregon wideout Devon Williams reveals why he declared for the NFL Draft
NFL Draft hopefuls are beginning to descend on Indianapolis for the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine.
Tight ends, quarterbacks, and wide receivers met with members of the media on Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s field work. Former Oregon wideout Devon Williams might not be the biggest name at the event, but he has a good chance to show out as an under-the-radar prospect.
Williams spent the better part of three seasons in Eugene with the Ducks, but he could have played another two more after the 2021 campaign. Last season, he finished with 35 catches for a team-high 557 yards and four scores.
In 15 games for UO over the last two years, he put up 50 receptions for 843 yards and 6 touchdowns. The 6-foot-5, 207-pound Williams doesn’t appear in Mel Kiper’s list of the top 10 wideouts in the class, but he’s got an NFL Combine invite and that means he has a chance to wow scouts.
Asked Wednesday why he declared, Williams gave a rather raw but clear answer.
“I lost my mom right before the season and then I had a child,” he said, per The Oregonian’s James Crepea.
"I lost my mom right before the season and then I had a child.” | Oregon WR Devon Williams shared why he declared for NFL Draft pic.twitter.com/JdlQqgXbXK
— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) March 2, 2022
Williams is hoping to become just the third Oregon receiver drafted in the last 10 years. He’ll seemingly have the full force of Duck Nation behind him, though, as he looks to provide for his family.