Weight: 285 lbs.
High school: Cincinnati (OH) Sycamore
Position: Tight end
Jersey number: #84
Last year: I ranked Williams #45 and said he would be a backup tight end. He started four games, making 4 catches for 33 yards (8.3 yards/catch).
Last year I discussed the sandwich intake of A.J. Williams, suggesting that he had been exchanging them for salads or perhaps an occasional cleanse. He went from over 280 lbs. as a sophomore to 263 lbs. as a junior. That's a step in the right direction for a tight end. Like watching Dan Fouts throw to Kellen Winslow, Williams caught 4 passes for 33 yards.
What will Williams do to top that? First of all, it looks like he's been topping those salads with lots of ranch and bacon. He's back up to 285 lbs. now. I am unsure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. On the one hand, incoming tight end Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. is up to 287 lbs., so maybe Harbaugh wants some big, beefy guys on the line to serve as de facto offensive tackles. On the other hand, Williams has never been so great at the "blocking" thing and it certainly can't help his speed, which has always been lacking. I have irrational
Prediction: Backup tight end