Andre Williams NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Giants RB

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Andre Williams NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Giants RB
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Andre Williams, RB, (HT: 5’11⅜”, WT: 230 lbs)

New York Giants

Fourth Round: 113th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Combine Weigh-in
Height Weight Arm Hand
5113 230 33 1/2" 9"

Combine Workout
40-yd dash 10-yd split Vert Broad 3-Cone Shuttle
4.56 1.56 38" 10'9" 7.27 4.06


  • Displays very good power and gains yards after contact. Lowers his shoulder and displays the ability to bowl over defenders in the open field.
  • Demonstrates good balance, bouncing off of would-be tacklers and staying on his feet.
  • Excelled outside the tackles, where he explodes with a full head of steam.
  • A big back with the necessary size to hold up to NFL punishment.
  • Fairly decisive north-south style, is at his best when running downhill and punishing defenders.
  • Decent speed and acceleration for his size, ran a 4.56 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine.
  • Will put his nose down and grind out the tough yards.
  • Able to break tackles with his combination of size, power and decisiveness. Can be very difficult to bring down once he has built up some speed.
  • Utilizes a stiff arm to help keep defenders at bay.
  • Had a good performance at the combine, where he finished near the top of his position group in several events.
  • Possesses long 33.5” arms.
  • Extraordinarily productive during his breakout senior season, rushing for over 2,000 yards and breaking several school records. Had four games in which he ran for over 250 yards.


  • Very little experience as a receiver with only 10 career receptions at Boston College, none of which came in his breakout senior season.
  • Does not demonstrate natural hands and appears to have a limited catch radius.
  • May lack the speed to turn the corner at the next level and can be caught from behind the open field.
  • Poor pass protection technique, does not use his hands or sustain blocks. Must do a better job of sliding his feet to mirror and using his length to keep rushers at bay.
  • Lacks exceptional quickness, unable to change direction well or make dynamic cuts.
  • Not very elusive, does not make many defenders miss and is unable to make himself skinny in the hole.
  • Can be stood up on contact, leg drive is inconsistent. Has a tendency to turn his back in traffic.
  • Ball security is a concern, struggled with fumbles while at Boston College.
  • Could be labeled a “one-year wonder.” Averaged 4.5 yards per carry and rushed for only 10 touchdowns prior to his senior season.
  • Currently is not well-rounded enough to be considered a potential feature running back in the NFL, appearing destined for a complementary or backup role.

Collegiate Statistics
Year Team Car Yds Avg TD
2010 Boston College 95 461 4.9 2
2011 Boston College 124 517 4.2 4
2012 Boston College 130 584 4.5 4
2013 Boston College 355 2177 6.1 18

Personal Notes

  • First-team All-American 2013.
  • First-team All-ACC 2013.
  • Doak Walker Award 2013.
  • Heisman Trophy finalist 2013.
  • Earned his degree in applied philosophy and human development 2013.
  • Athletic Director’s award for Academic Achievement 2012.

Ratings Chart


The nation’s leading rusher as a senior, Andre Williams carried his Boston College team to a bowl game. A big back with bruising power and great balance, he breaks tackles and gains yards after contact.

His Achilles' heel as a prospect, however, is his lack of contribution to the passing game, where he struggles as both a receiver and pass protector.

Those deficiencies could prevent him from locking down a bell-cow role at the next level and he appears destined for a complementary or backup job in an NFL backfield.


Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round

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