Andre Williams RB Boston College #44
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Size/Athleticism: Well built. A tough between-the-tackles runner who can take a pounding. Adequate speed for the role he’ll play in an offense. Quick feet and shifty between the tackles.
Vision: Shows impressive vision between the tackles. Makes good decision in terms of when to put his head down and plow forward and when to bounce it outside.
Power: A true power runner. Can break tackles and also move the pile. When he lowers his pads, he’s tough to bring down and can run through defensive backs and smaller linebackers. Somewhat inconsistent with his pad level and stays too high sometimes.
Speed/Agility: Surprising speed and is capable of breaking off some longer runs once he gets to the open field. Shows a nice burst when he hits the hole. Quick footwork, but not enough to consistently make guys miss. He’s simply too big of a target to break free within tight spaces.
Passing Game: Used almost exclusively as a blocker on passing downs and did not catch a single pass in 2013. Poor awareness as a blocker. Late to react to blizting linebackers. Has potential to develop, but may be a liable in pass-pro early in career.
Intangibles: Took two year
Durability: Quite, hard working, leader by example. Praised by coaches for his work ethic.
Comments: Williams is a power runner but has just enough agility and burst to project as a potential starter at the next level. He’s far from a can’t-miss prospect and has plenty of tread already taken off his tires, but he is worth a look in the third or fourth round. The biggest knock against him right now is his lack of production on passing downs, where he offers almost nothing as a receiver and has been a liability at times in pass protection. It’s enough of an issue that it may prevent him from earning a starting job.