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2014 NFL Draft Profiles: Running Back Andre Williams

The Heisman Finalist had a great combine, but could his inability to show good hands in the passing game effect his draft stock?


As we count down to the NFL Draft, the writers at BC Interruption will preview each of the graduating seniors who could hear their names called in the draft. Today we look at running back Andre Williams.

Andre Williams #44 - Running Back

Combine Numbers

40 Yard Dash - 4.56
Vert. Jump - 38.0 inches
Broad Jump - 129 inches
20 Yard Shuttle - 4.06 sec
60 Yard Shuttle - 11.62 seconds


Bright, hard working and dedicated, whatever team decides to draft Williams will also get a player that scores high on all intangibles. As we all saw last year Williams has deceptively good speed for a physical runner. Built like a freight train, Williams strength should be an asset for NFL teams that are looking for a power running back. When he gets a good head of steam there aren't many defenders that can take him down in the open field, especially when he hits the second level. Want to try and arm tackle him? Good luck. With a good front five Williams has good vision and can attack gaps with great tenacity. Reminds me of a Marshawn Lynch lite, which should be seen as nothing but the highest compliment for Williams.


There are two factors that work against Williams. One is that BC had a fantastic front line last year, and many scouts are questioning whether Williams success was due to great O-Line play, or his work as a running back. Secondly, scouts are going to be very skeptical about Williams' abilities in the passing game. He had zero catches last season, and struggled in passing drills during his private workouts. He has been working with a sports psychologist to help him grow in this area, but because the NFL has become so pass happy teams may shy away from Williams.

Teams that have had Williams in for private workouts

New England Patriots
Pittsburgh Steelers
New York Giants
New York Jets
Miami Dolphins

Team that would be the best fit

Given their emphasis on the power running game and lack of depth, the Giants and Steelers seem to be the best fit.

Projected draft round