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

Boston College running back Andre Williams (44) rushes the ball in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland in College Park, Md., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Ryan LownesFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2014

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
HeightWeightArmHand
511323033 1/2"9"
NFL.com
Combine Workout
40-yd dash10-yd splitVertBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.561.5638"10'9"7.274.06
NFL.com

Positives

  • 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.

Negatives

  • 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
YearTeamCarYdsAvgTD
2010Boston College954614.92
2011Boston College1245174.24
2012Boston College1305844.54
2013Boston College35521776.118
BCEagles.com

 

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

nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

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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