Our friends at NumberFire took a look at one of the newest Ravens, Maxx Williams. Williams was drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft at pick number 55. He projects to be the starting tight end in the case that Dennis Pitta is unable to return due to his second hip injury.
Some of the more interesting tidbits was how NumberFire expect Williams to fit into Baltimore's offense. As you know being a Ravens fan, Baltimore has quite the history of using tight ends effectively both in run support and in the passing game to create mismatches. It should come as no surprise that the Ravens will do similar things with Williams. They note that Trestman is known for his pass-friendly offenses and that Matt Forte and tight end Martellus Bennett had career years in receptions in 2014 in Chicago as a part of Trestman's offense.
Sadly, they do say that Williams won't likely be a fantasy stud in his first year as over the last decade, only two tight ends have posted top 12 seasons in PPR leagues during their rookie seasons (Rob Gronkowski in 2010 and Heath Miller in 2005).
Comparisons to former Ravens tight end Todd Heap are abound, especially when you look at the overall numbers for Williams. They used this chart from mockdratable.com to highlight that while Williams' numbers are middling all around, he was able to dominate for the Minnesota Golden Gophers and should be able to bring that same level of play to Baltimore's offense.
It is exciting to see that the numbers tend to agree with Ravens' fans' assessment that Maxx Williams should be the Ravens' next great tight end.