Javonte Williams NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Denver Broncos RB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IApril 30, 2021

North Carolina running back Javonte Williams (25) finds some running room during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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— Stocky, bowling-ball-type build.

— Able to run through arm tackles and shows very good contact balance and running strength. Generates tons of yards after first contact and requires a full-on tackle to bring him down. Consistently runs behind his pads with a good lean. Is a hard tackle for defenders aiming low.

— Power back but shows flashes of finesse. Has good footwork that allows him to make a man miss in space.

— Does a good job of staying square to the hole on the runs. Combined with his footwork, he’s able to be patient and let the blocks develop, especially on gap scheme plays like counters and power.

— Above-average vision at both first and second levels. Does a nice job of reading LB flow on plays. Able to gain the intermediate yards consistently. Maximizes what is blocked for him.

— Good acceleration once he finds the hole he likes. Does a good job of immediately getting north and not dancing for too long.

— Not asked to pass protect a lot but has good size for it.

— Despite physical running style, there is not a ton of wear on his tires with just 416 touches over three years.



— Played in an RPO-heavy offense where pass protection had simpler assignments for the RB in their dropback game.

— Just OK long speed. Will get from first to fourth gear quickly but is then stuck there.

— Limited exposure in the pass game.

— Plays bigger but size doesn’t truly match his play style.



11 G, 157 att., 1,140 yards, 7.3 avg., 19 TD, 25 rec., 305 yards, 3 TD



Javonte Williams has a solid overall combination of traits at the running back position. He has good size and physicality, and he’s not just a bruiser, showing footwork, vision and patience to get the most out of his blockers. Williams is not an overwhelming athlete and has average long speed. He also has limited exposure to protection and the passing game due to a simplistic run-pass-option-heavy offense that he played in at North Carolina.

Overall, Williams is a tough running back who brings the wood every time he touches the ball and has enough athleticism to be effective on outside runs, too. He will need to keep refining skills like anticipation and passing-down responsibilities, and his hard-running style will quickly add up. But for an offense that needs a running back to come in Day 1 and eat some touches, he can set the tone with his play strength and toughness, with some surprisingly nimble footwork thrown in there.


GRADE: 7.8 /10.0(Early/Mid-Second Round)





Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice


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