Cornerback | LSU | Redshirt Sophomore
Height: 6-foot-2 | Weight: 185 pounds
2018: Started all 12 regular-season games but did not participate in LSU’s bowl game; recorded 33 tackles (23 solo), 2 interceptions and 9 passes broken up; finalist for the Thorpe Award as the top defensive back in FBS; named First-Team All-American and First-Team All-SEC (Associated Press)
Career: Started all 25 games he played for the Tigers; recorded 71 tackles (49 solo), 8 interceptions, 1.5 tackles for loss and 20 passes broken up; his 6 interceptions in 2017 led the SEC and ranked 4th in FBS; two-time First-Team All-SEC selection
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Summary: Williams attended Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he helped the program win back-to-back state titles in 2013 and 2014.
He redshirted in 2016 at LSU and in 2017 started all 13 games for the Tigers, racking up six interceptions that he returned for 32 yards and becoming just the third SEC player since 2008 to lead the FBS in passes defended (17) and interceptions.
Williams continued to impress during his redshirt sophomore season, earning First-Team All-America honors. He did not participate in the Fiesta Bowl, opting instead to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Williams as an invitee to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he ranked second among cornerbacks in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.37 seconds.
NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein highlighted Williams’ length and said he shows patience “in early phases of coverage” and “maintains route feel and can match the receiver’s steps.” He also pointed out that the 21-year-old “balances eyes between receiver and quarterback from off-man and zone” coverage.
“Williams has the instincts and tools to play a variety of coverages, but his length and pattern-matching talent will likely get him drafted to handle press-man duties,” Zierlein said. “His ball production dropped a little from 2017 and he continued to struggle with finding the ball downfield, but he is rarely ever out of position. He needs to get stronger and more competitive in run support, but he has the talent and traits to become a CB1.”
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Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks listed Williams as this year’s top prospect among cornerbacks, and The Athletic’s Dane Brugler also placed him at No. 1 in the 2019 class. Daniel Jeremiah initially put Williams at No. 34 in his list of Top 50 prospects but slid him up to 32 in his post-combine rankings.
Living up to the nickname: Fans may assume that Andraez “Greedy” Williams got his nickname for his stingy play on the field, but he’s actually been known by the name since he was a baby. According to ESPN’s Mike Triplett, Williams was given the name “Greedy Deedy” by his mother’s aunt because of the way he went through bottles of milk. Triplett wrote the following:
But it didn’t take long before he started living up to the hype that comes with a name like that. As his coach-turned-stepfather, Lonnie Bryant, likes to say, Greedy was a "shutdown corner" from the time he started playing football at the age of 5. Even though teams didn't throw the ball much at that age, Bryant said they all liked to run wide around the edges. And none of them could get around Greedy.