2021 Draft Profile: UNC RB Javonte Williams
Before the 2020 college football season, Williams wasn’t one of the more touted running backs of the 2021 draft class, but after tallying 1,445 total yards, and 22 total touchdowns, Williams is seen as one of the top 3 running backs in the nation. With a rare mixture of power, speed, elusiveness, and receiving abilities, he is the kind of back that you can build an offense around.
Draft Profile Below
- DOB: 4/25/2000
- Position: Running Back
- School: UNC
- Size: 5’10 220 lbs
- Class: Junior
- Career Stats: 2,297 rushing yards, 539 receiving yards, 33 total touchdowns
- 2020 AP Second Team All-American
- 2020 PFF First Team All-American
- 2020 PFF ACC Player of the Year
- 2020 Second Team All-ACC
Games Watched: (2019) Georgia Tech, (2020) Miami, (2020) Notre Dame, (2020) Duke, (2020) FSU
- Best Game: Duke (2020)
- Worst Game: Notre Dame (2020)
Strenghts: Top flight athlete. If Williams gets in the open field just forget about it. Strong runner with great contact balance. Barely goes down on the first tackle. Excellent lower body strength. Tough runner to get down. A willing pass blocker, and also has the ability to run routes at a high level out the back field. Whether it’s inside or outside of the tackles, William’s vision and ability to read the defense is above average. The most important attribute Williams possesses is his versality. The ability to run through the gaps, outside the zone, and become a pass catcher out the back field with effectiveness is enticing for teams looking for a complete running back.
Weaknesses: Not overly elusive. Doesn’t necessarily make defenders miss. A willing pass blocker but can improve his technique in pass protection. Some will say he isn’t a 3 down back, so he has to prove that he is (which I believe he is). Ball security was an issue in 2019, but has done a much better job with it in 2020.
Overall: Though Javonte Williams may not be the first running back selected in the draft, he has the potential to have the most success due to his capability of being a complete back. Williams has the tools to produce in any offensive system at the NFL level. Big time play making ability will give Williams a long successful career.
Pro Comparison: Nick Chubb
Pick Projection: Back end 1st round-Early 2nd round
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