Under-the-Radar Prospects: BYU RB Jamaal Williams
19 February 2017 DRAFT Eagles News
If you’re an Eagles fan, there’s a pretty good chance someone has been in your ear about drafting FSU’s Dalvin Cook, right?
Let’s be clear, I’ve mentioned Cook a couple of times during our 4th and Jawn podcasts and made light about the possibility of drafting him in the first. Why Cook? Because I believe he is that kind of talent. The kind of talent that probably won’t be there when the Eagles draft.
Now that we’ve gotten all of that out of the way, the player that keeps drawing my attention is BYU’s Jamaal Williams. In a running back deep class, Williams is another gem in the mid rounds that could make it okay to wait on a running back.
Since December, I’ve been trying to find another back to take his place on my “mid-round-RB” love list, but I keep on coming back for more.
The 6-foot, 211-pound Williams had a phenomenal year for BYU, after missing the entire 2015 season due to rehabbing a knee injury. In just 10 games this season, Williams put up 12 scores, rushing for 1,375 yards, making him BYUs all-time leading rusher (3,901 yards).
First and foremost, what you like about Williams is that he brings the kind of physicality you like to see from the RB position. Not only is he physical, but he’s explosive, elusive, and shows great feet for a back his size. Did we mention that he can block, too?
In a perfect world you would love to get Williams in later rounds, but the cat is out of the bag, folks. It’s possible teams could try and pluck him in the third-round after a solid showing at the Senior Bowl. If Williams runs and test well at the combine–perhaps running in the 4.4-4.5 range–his stock could take another jump. However, if Williams runs in the 4.6’s I still believe teams have already have fallen in love with his road-grader style.
To wrap things up, waiting on Williams allows you to address the cornerback,wide receiver, lineman situation with the first two picks. With Williams in the mix, that gives you a nice running-back-by-committee in Sproles, Smallwood, and Williams.
MANDATORY PHOTO CREDIT: Sammy Jo Hester, Daily Herald
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