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Williams, Maxx

sage15 mwilliamsCard: Sage 2015
Acquired: 2016, Box Breaker
Failure: 2015, TTM C/o Baltimore Ravens

Maxx Williams was the highest rated tight end during the 2015 draft. A lot of buzz surrounded Williams. He had some great highlights playing for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, and definitely has the hands, size, and speed to make defenders pay.  He drew comparisons to  former Giants/Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey, but scouts felt he needed to improve on his route running to become a more complete tight end.  An explosive pass catching TE, Maxx led all TEs with 9 catches of over 25 yards in 2014, while setting single season school records at TE for the Gophers recording 569 receiving yards and 8 TDs.

The Baltimore Ravens moved up a few spots ahead of the TE needy Steelers to snag Maxx Williams in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft.  As the Ravens struggled with injuries, Williams was given plenty of opportunity to start for Baltimore. One of the youngest players in the league, Maxx finished his rookie year with 32 receptions for 268 yards and a TD in 7 starts. He posted donuts in 2016, as he was sidelined for the entire year with a cartilage tear in his knee.

I was really pumped about Williams. I had hoped the Texans would draft him, but alas, they opted to work on a different part of their offense. I later sent him his Sage Artistry card- a pice of really exciting art work, since he had been signing, but apparently the door of opportunity closed on me before I could get him.

Hill, Austin

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Cards: Leaf Draft Metal 2015, Sage 2015
Acquired: 2016, Box Breaker

His Sophomore season was a breakout year at Arizona, as Austin Hill had 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns. Unfortunately he tore his ACL, going down in the second-to-last practice of the spring. After he returned in 2014, his numbers fell to 48 receptions for 630 yards and 4 TDs.  Concern lingered into the draft about his knee, and Austin went undrafted.

Austin has kept the dream alive, and his agent must be commended for how he’s kept Hill in the face of executives and scouts. He has been on the rosters of no less than 5 teams including the Raiders, Jets, Patriots, and the CFL Ottawa Redblacks. He became a fan favorite on NFL’s Hard Knocks with the Los Angeles Rams at his last and most recent stop, with his pure love for the game and his daughter.  He was among the final cuts made by the team, but may make an impression on an NFL team’s practice squad somewhere.

 

Doss, Lorenzo

sage15 dossCard: Sage 2015
Acquired: 2015, Box Breaker

Converted wide receiver Lorenzo Doss played collegiality at Tulane. A three year starter for the Green Wave at corner, Doss earned All-Conference honors in 2012 and 2013. A strong competitor with a desire to make the big play, Lorenzo had 33 pass breakups and 15 interceptions- 2 of which he returned for touchdowns. His 271 interception return yards were a school record. Displaying quick feet, and 40 speed (4.47), Doss’ size (5’10”, 190) and penchant to gamble did not sit well with scouts. They graded him as a 5th or 6th round pick.

Selected by the Denver Broncos with the 164th pick of the 2015 NFL draft, Doss’ made the squad but was a healthy scratch for all 16 games. He is expected to clean up his tackling and join the squad as a slot corner man and special teams player.  In 2016 he posted 4 tackles and 2 passes defensed.