A rookie season lost to injury would crush many players.
But many players are not Ryan Williams.
The undersized running back is on schedule to be ready when it matters, and if Beanie Wells is not ready to return from his own knee injury, Williams will be Arizona’s starter.
I nearly left him off this list based on that fact, but Wells will be just fine when real football is upon us, so here he is.
The 5’9” lightning rod has yet to take a snap during a regular-season game, and already he would be able to step into roughly 10-12 NFL offenses and take most of the snaps.
He’s that good.
At least before his injury, he was. It remains to be seen whether he can make the same cuts now that he was making at the Cards’ training camp last summer.
If he can, the NFC West will have a terror on its hands with Williams and Wells.
There are faster NFL backs, and there are stronger NFL backs. But not many are as shifty.
His small-but-stacked frame provides plenty of speed and power to compliment his array of juke moves. He brought camp practice to a halt on one occasion last summer while everyone stood in awe of the move he had just put on his new teammates.
Think Darren Sproles with more power.