The Chargers drafted one of the most prolific receivers in national champion MIke Williams from Clemson with the seventh overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Named second-team All-American by Phil Steele, SB Nation and Walter Camp. Was a first-team All-ACC (media, coaches) selection.
Bounced back in a big way from a season-ending injury in the 2015 opener, finishing his career as one of Clemson’s most decorated wide receivers in history. Turned professional with one year of eligibility remaining. In three seasons, compiled 177 receptions for 2,727 yards and 21 touchdowns in 1,871 snaps over 42 games (30 starts). Ranked third in Clemson history in receiving touchdowns, fourth in receiving yards and fifth in receptions.
Helped lead Clemson to a national championship victory over Alabama. Caught eight passes for 94 yards with a touchdown against the Crimson Tide. Opened the playoff run with six grabs for 96 yards in Fiesta Bowl win over Ohio State.
Williams tallied two 1,000-yard receiving seasons, with his best year coming in 2016. Williams was the team leader in receptions (98), receiving yards (1,361) and receiving touchdowns (11). The year culminated with the second-most receptions and third-most receiving yards in a season in Clemson history.
Williams recorded five 100-yard efforts, including one 200-yard receiving game and three over 140 yards. Showed he was back to full strength in return to action at Auburn, where he netted 174 yards on nine catches in the 2016 season opener. The 6-4 receiver posted career-high 12 catches for 146 yards with a touchdown, in overtime triumph against NC State. His top career game came with 15 catches for 202 yards and a touchdown in a one-point loss to Pittsburgh. The 15 grabs were second-most in a game by a Tiger, following only the 16 by Sammy Watkins in the 2014 Orange Bowl against Ohio State. The 202 yards tied Watkins for second-most in a game.
His sophomore season was the first 1,000-yard year for the Vance, S.C., native. Williams had 57 receptions for a team-high 1,030 yards and six touchdowns in 749 snaps over 13 games (11 starts) in 2014. For his efforts, he was a Biletnikoff Award Watch List member, a Second-Team All-ACC selection (media), Third-Team All-ACC selection (coaches), third-team All-ACC by College Sports Madness and Phil Steele.
Suffered fracture in his neck after colliding with the goal post padding on Clemson’s first drive of the 2015 season, a four-yard touchdown catch.
A native of Vance, S.C., Williams was rated as the No. 180 player in the nation and No. 2 player in South Carolina by 247Sports.com at Lake Marion High School. Also played quarterback in limited action as a junior; passed for 354 yards and three touchdowns on just 20 completions. Earned undergraduate degree in sociology in December 2016.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: First-round pick by Chargers (7th overall), April 27, 2017...signed four-year contract on May 11.
2017: Was placed on the physically unable to perform list on July 29…Reverted back to the active roster prior to roster reductions on Sept. 2...Appeared in 10 games with one start…Inactive for six games, including the first five weeks of the season recovering from a back injury before making his NFL debut against Oakland…Posted 11 catches for 95 yards (8.6 avg.)…Moved the chains on a 15-yard catch on third down for his first career reception…Caught the 3,989th completion of QB Philip Rivers’ career, passing Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon for No. 8 at the time in NFL history…at Denver (Sept. 11): Inactive (back)…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Made his NFL debut, hauling a 15-yard catch on third-and-six to convert for a first down…Appeared on 11 offensive plays…Saw first action of career on a fourth-and-two attempt late in the first quarter…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Played 14 snaps on offense in the second game of his career…at New England (Oct. 29): Caught a seven-yard pass on 22 offensive plays…Sealed a lane with WR Tyrell Williams for RB Melvin Gordon to post an 87-yard TD run in the first quarter…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Posted two catches for 24 yards (12.0 avg.)...Hauled in a 20-yard pass in the second quarter for QB Philip Rivers’ 3,989th career completion, passing Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon for No. 8 at the time in league annals…Appeared on 27 offensive plays…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Set career highs with five receptions (five) for 38 receiving yards (7.6 avg.)…Participated on a career-high 41 offensive snaps…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Played an offensive snap before exiting with a knee injury…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Inactive (knee)…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Played 35 snaps on offense and hauled in a three-yard reception…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Appeared on 30 offensive plays…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Played 26 snaps on offense…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Made the first start of his career as the third WR, seeing action on 27 offensive plays…Posted an eight-yard reception.
COLLEGE: Capped off his collegiate career by helping lead Clemson to a national championship...second-team All-American by Phil Steele, SB Nation and Walter Camp...first-team All-ACC (media, coaches) ... team leader in receptions (98), receiving yards (1,361) and receiving touchdowns (11) in 2016...second-most receptions and third-most receiving yards in a season in Clemson history...played 706 snaps over 15 games (15 starts)...had five 100-yard efforts...in three seasons, compiled 177 receptions for 2,727 yards and 21 touchdowns in 1,871 snaps over 42 games (30 starts) in his career...third in Clemson history in receiving touchdowns, fourth in receiving yards and fifth in receptions...had 57 receptions for a team-high 1,030 yards and six touchdowns in 749 snaps over 13 games (11 starts) in 2014...Biletnikoff Award Watch List member, a second-team All-ACC selection (media), third-team All-ACC selection (coaches), third-team All-ACC by College Sports Madness and Phil Steele.
PERSONAL: Born in Vance, S.C. ...rated as the No. 180 player in the nation and No. 2 player in South Carolina by 247Sports.com...No. 199 player in the nation and No. 3 player in South Carolina by ESPN... earned an undergraduate degree in sociology in December 2016 from Clemson.