Andre Williams – Running Back
Williams is fourth-year senior and a three-year starter. In his first three years, he played mostly as a rotational back and never ran for more than 600 yards in a season. In 2013, Williams has run for more yards than he did in his first three years combined and looks like he will be a Heisman trophy finalist. To date he has run for 2109 yards with a 6.4 yards per carry average and 17 touchdowns. The odd stat is he hasn’t caught a pass all year. He has only 10 receptions in his collegiate career. This season, it’s safe to say that Williams IS the Boston College offense. The BC passing game has been good for only 1800 yards.
Williams has very good running back size at about 6’0- 228. He is more quick than fast, with his speed being in the 4.63 area. He is best as a downhill between-the-tackles runner. He has good initial quickness and stays low out of his stance. He plays with good vision and instincts and makes good decisions. He shows some cutback skills and can make a cut in the hole, but he is not a top elusive-type runner. Williams is a consistently hard runner and has the lower body power to get yards after contact. While he has a burst to turn the corner, he is much better inside than he is outside.
Williams is a pounder who can nickel and dime a team to death. While he has some long runs, he is not the breakaway type. I noticed on tape that teams will often play eight or nine in the box to stop him. If a play is blocked well and he clears the line of scrimmage, he has free sailing. At least three of his longer runs were of this variety. While not used in the passing game, Williams is willing as a pass blocker and flashes as a face-up blocker.
The fact that no running backs were taken in the first round is not an anomaly. The running back position has been devalued as it pertains to the draft. Unless a back has something really special, they won't be going that high much more. Because Williams has never been part of the BC passing game, scouts and coaches will questions his skills in that area. At this time, I can’t see Williams getting drafted before the third round. He will be in the NFL what he is in college, a good between-the-tackles power back.