CSU receiver Preston Williams will declare for 2019 NFL Draft

Eddie Herz

Following a highly-productive season, Colorado State Rams’ wide receiver Preston Williams will declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

The junior announced via Twitter on Friday evening that he will forego his final season with CSU in preparation for the draft.

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Though Williams only played one season in Fort Collins, the receiver went to great lengths in describing his gratitude for the Colorado State program.

Williams told reporters he was uncertain of whether or not he would return in 2019 after CSU’s last game of the season against Air Force. However, the decision doesn’t come as any surprise.

The 6’4″ wideout finished fourth in the FBS in receiving last season, totalling 1,345 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns.

Williams was rightfully the center of attention offensively for CSU in 2018. The Georgia native recorded at least nine receptions in seven of the Rams’ games. Additionally, Williams accumulated over 100 receiving yards on six separate occasions in 2018.

Williams was rated as a four-star recruit and listed as one of the best incoming receivers in the country upon graduating high school in 2015.

The Georgia native recorded at least nine receptions in seven of the Rams’ games. Additionally, Williams accumulated over 100 receiving yards on six separate occasions in 2018.

However, the receiver never earned an opportunity to shine during his two seasons at the University of Tennessee. Williams combined for only 16 receptions in his freshman and sophomore campaigns.

As a result, Williams transferred to CSU. The 6’4″ receiver evidently took advantage of an opportunity to fill an impact role.

A 248-yard, three-touchdown performance capping off the season against Air Force made it obvious Williams wasn’t going to return to Fort Collins.

Now, Warren Jackson will be expected to fill the Rams’ top receiver role. Jackson finished third on team in receiving as a sophomore in 2018, collecting 405 yards on 32 receptions.

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Eddie Herz can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @Eddie_Herz.