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2019 NFL Draft

James Williams

RB/Washington State

  • B
    6.40
    Projection
    Round 5
  • YearRS Junior
  • Height5-9
  • Weight197
  • Hand9
  • Arm30 ⅜
  • 40-yard4.58
  • BenchN/A
  • Vertical36.5
  • Broad118.0
  • 3-cone7.01
  • 20-yard4.25
  • 60-yard12.20
    YearGPCOMPATTPCTYDSYPATDSINTATTYDSYPCTDSRECYDSYPCTDSTKLTFLSACKPDFFFRPBUINTYDSPUNTSYDSAVGLNGFGMFGAPCTLNGXPMXPAPCT
    2016 13 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0 102 585 5.7 6 41 342 8.3 1 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    2017 13 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0 92 395 4.3 1 78 482 6.2 3 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    2018 13 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0 122 563 4.6 12 83 613 7.4 4 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 0%
    TOTALS39000%000031615434.91920214377.1800.00.00000000000000%0000%

    Strong Points: Adequate RB size. Good athlete with burst and above-average speed. Catches the ball as well as any running back in this draft. (154 receptions the past two seasons). Good short route runner. Flashes open-field elusiveness. Runs with good lean, vision.

    Weak Points: Most of his touches are as a receiver (not a runner). Not particularly strong after contact. Only averaged 10 carries per game -- never got "warmed up" as a runner.

    The Way We See It: It's difficult to evaluate Williams' run skills because he received so few carries, but he is a terrific receiving back. He ran mostly short routes but caught the ball very well and consistently gained yardage after the catch. He has size, adequate speed and enough power. Williams also has good instincts, running with good lean, but he is not a pure power guy. His NFL value will come as a third-down back and perhaps on special teams. Williams could surprise as a ball carrier, but he hasn't handled enough totes to really know. Late-round pick with potential upside.

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