What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths): Carries an NBA frame. Moves his feet well on the perimeter when playing defense and can also serve as a rim protector (Florida ‘19). Has a lethal second jump that make up for his lack of ideal height. Provides some lineup flexibility. Can defend both of the forward positions. Shot 32-percent from the three- point line in limited attempts. Excellent free throw shooter. Drives to the hoop with both hands.
Weaknesses: Williams didn’t start a game for FSU this past season and averaged just 22 minutes a game. The Seminoles were talent-laden and didn’t ask for Williams to ever be a focal point in the offense. What will be his offensive niche at the next level? This is a player who scouts will have to make a projection on in the future rather than rely on game film.
Attended West Charlotte High School (NC) and played in the Jordan Brand Classic Game in 2019
Named the 2019-20 ACC Sixth Man of the Year and earned ACC All-Freshman honors
The third one-and-done in the school’s history: Malik Beasley and Jonathan Isaac were the others
Both parents, Janie and Eddie, played basketball at Johnson C. Smith University
Williams plays with a nastiness and a competitive spirit that allows him to overcome his match ups with taller players. In an ideal world, the freshman forward would have played more minutes than he did as a Seminole. Williams’ willingness to crash the glass and his above average shooting mechanics should serve him well early in his career as he carves out a role in an NBA rotation.
On August 30, 2014, the Florida State Seminoles squared off against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Advocare Classic. The result? A hard-fought 37-31 victory for the top-ranked Seminoles. The game within the game featured two future NFL All-Pros matching up at different positions then they would eventually star at in the NFL. At the time, current Kansas City WR Tyreek Hill was a running back/return specialist and Los Angeles Rams CB Jalen Ramsey was starring in a safety/nickel back role. In what proved to be a precursor for the future, Hill tallied an incredible total of 278 all-purpose yards. Ramsey contributed 12 tackles and 1/2 tackle for loss, while displaying outstanding agility and body control. We go inside one of college football’s best matchups of the past decade.
First-year head coach Willie Taggart will look to turn around the Florida Seminoles much like he did for the USF Bulls just two seasons ago. Last season, Taggart led Oregon to a 7-5 record before leaving the Ducks ahead of the team’s bowl game. Former Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher left behind a team with a talented run game and an elite pass rusher. Senior center Alec Eberle (6’4, 295) has started 32 consecutive games dating back to the 2015 season and is a candidate for the Rimington Trophy this season after being named second team All-ACC in 2017. Eberle will help create running paths for sophomore running back Cam Akers (5’11, 213). Akers rushed for 1,024 yards and seven touchdowns on 194 carries in 2017.
Defensively, junior defensive end Brian Burns (6’5, 235) will be asked to continue to cause havoc off the edge. The Fort Lauderdale native has totaled 14 sacks and 23 tackles for loss over the past two seasons. Burns is a bona fide NFL prospect as a 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 rush outside linebacker.
Troy’s player to watch
1 Levonta Taylor 5’10 186 CB-Junior
Florida State is no stranger to producing cover corners. Jalen Ramsey, Deion Sanders and Xavier Rhodes are just a few of the names. Junior cornerback Levonta Taylor has the ability to join the ranks of those Pro Bowlers.
Last season, he finished the season with two interceptions and three pass deflections. The relatively low interception totals are a result of quarterbacks refusing to throw his way. This year, Taylor will get to work with former Michigan State secondary coach Harlon Barnett, who has helped mold several defensive backs into NFL talents like Trae Waynes and Darqueze Dennard. Despite seeing minimal action, DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson is projecting another season of the Virginia Beach native blanketing one side of the field.
Game of the season
October 6th against Miami
Miami broke their seven-game losing streak in the longstanding rivalry by defeating Florida State, 24-20, in Tallahassee last year. You can expect Taggart’s first order of business is for the Seminoles to regain in-state and conference supremacy. It won’t be easy as Miami fields one its best teams since 2000. Florida State’s and Miami’s October matchup could resemble some of their classic matchups from the 90s.
DraftNasty’s Prospect Watch
90 Demarcus Christmas 6’4 308 DL-Senior
He is one of the toughest interior defensive lineman to latch in the ACC. His tremendous hand-eye coordination is evident when affecting the three-step passing game but just as impressive when it comes to dislodging versus offensive guards. In a number of ways, he carries some similarities to former Alabama defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson (Detroit Lions). The big question is whether or not he will become a more disruptive pass rush finisher in 2018.
Draftnasty’s Troy Jefferson is predicting a two-win improvement on last season but a second place finish in the ACC’s Atlantic Division. Jefferson is predicting road losses to Miami and Notre Dame and a home loss to Clemson.
In his third season as head coach, Mark Richt and the Miami Hurricanes are looking to take the next step forward in 2018. Miami (Fla.) finished last season 10-3 overall and 7-1 in the ACC. The Hurricanes return a wealth of experience from last year’s team. In his first two seasons as Miami’s defensive coordinator, Manny Diaz has reshaped the Hurricanes defense. Last year, Miami (Fla.) ranked 38th overall in total defense and 28th in points allowed. The Hurricanes have NFL-caliber talent at each level of the defense, which includes defensive lineman Joe Jackson (6’5, 258, Jr.), linebacker Shaquille Quarterman (6’1, 250, Jr.) and defensive backs Jaquan Johnson (5’11, 190, Sr.) and Michael Jackson (6’2, 195, Sr.). On offense, quarterback Malik Rosier (6’1, 216, Sr.) will have several weapons at his disposal including wide receiver Ahmmon Richards (6’1, 190, Jr.) and running back Travis Homer (5’11, 195, Jr.). Miami (Fla.) has the talent to win the ACC and possibly accomplish more. Look for Rosier’s play at quarterback to determine how far the Hurricanes go in 2018.
Troy’s player to watch
4 Jaquan Johnson 5’11 190 DB-Senior
The city of Miami has produced some of the best athletes and receivers (i.e. Antonio Brown, T.Y. Hilton) to play in the NFL. Johnson plays on the other side of the ball but is just as gifted. The Hurricanes safety won the ACC Defensive Back of the Week award three straight times last season and led the team with 96 tackles. The senior has a knack for causing turnovers, finishing the 2017 campaign with three forced fumbles and three interceptions. Look for Johnson to have the now infamous Hurricanes “turnover chain” around his neck multiple times in 2018.
Game of the season
November 17th at Virginia Tech
The Hokies figure to be the Hurricanes stiffest competition in the ACC’s Coastal Division in 2018. Miami bested Virginia Tech 28-10 last season at Hard Rock Stadium. However, things could be more challenging in Blacksburg. This game could decide an ACC Championship appearance and possibly put Miami into the College Football Playoff discussion.
DraftNasty’s Prospect Watch
78 Tyree St. Louis 6’5 305 RT-Senior
St. Louis heads into his senior season with 21 consecutive starts and he has seen action in each of three years on campus. His mobility and accuracy getting up to the second level (to block LBs, DBs) has been his best attribute up to this point. For him to take his game to an All-ACC level, he needs to play with a lower base. There are too many occasions where he engages in perimeter wrestling matches with a taller disposition. This has caused him issues with pass rushers attacking the bottom of the pocket. Overall, he’s been more consistent with his upper body posture. If the former four-star recruit can connect his upper body with his base, he’ll have a chance to reach another level in his play.
The Hurricanes make their first appearance in the College Football Playoff after cruising through the regular season, according to DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson. The Hurricanes may have caught LSU on a good year as their program transitions to head coach Ed Orgeron in his second full season. The two will open the season in Arlington, Texas. Miami (Fla.) will also play their in-state rival Florida State at home.