Jonathan Williams

Buffalo Takes Williams in Round 5

Buffalo takes Arkansas tailback Jonathan Williams in the fifth round and the 156th pick overall in the NFL draft.

Arkansas took a coach away from the Buffalo Bills, but the Razorbacks are giving back a running back.

Senior tailback Jonathan Williams, who missed last season due to injury after rushing for 1,190 yards and 12 touchdown as a junior, was taken in the fifth round by the Bills with the 156th pick overall.

"Oh, man I am anxious," Williams said after the pick. "I wish I could be there right now to work out and start practicing and everything. Football is a big part of my life, so I am definitely anxious." 

His selection made Bills Director of Player Personnel Jim Monos a happy man.

"Oh, he's downhill, straight ahead, great vision instincts inside the tackles," Monos said. "He's not a 4.4 player; he's a 220, just downhill back."  

Monos said that Williams role with the Bills next season will be as a special teams player.

Lessen McCoy led the Bills with 895 yards rushing last season while quarterback Tyrod Taylor added 568 and running back Karlos Williams added 598 for Buffalo, who had the league's top rushing offense.

"I am just going to come in and put my head down and go to work," Williams said. "Everywhere you go there are going to be good backs. I will just do my part whether it be on special teams. I am just going to do my part and work hard every day."

Williams said he is well on his way to being 100 percent healthy.

"It is feeling good," Williams said. "I missed this year because of it, but I have been rehabbing and doing a lot of working out and it is feeling real good right now.

"It was tough because football is so important to me. I have been playing football since I was five years old and not having that in my life this year was definitely tough. Injuries are a part of the game and it is about who can come back from them. I am definitely ready to play again."

Williams will join former Arkansas tight end Chris Gragg in Buffalo as well as former Arkansas high school standout Charles Clay, who played collegiately at Tulsa.

The Razorbacks hired Buffalo offensive line coach Kurt Anderson in December.

Williams also rushed for 900 yards as a sophomore and spent his last two seasons on the field sharing carries with Alex Collins, a junior who has not been taken in the draft to this point.

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