Utes In The NFL Draft - Karl Williams Preview

The NFL Draft is five days away and I will be previewing the top seven Utah Utes members that are chasing the #UtesInTheNFL dream. Curious about their career highlights, stats, measurements, and predictions on where they will play on Sundays? You're in the right spot. Third on the list is Karl 'The Truth' Williams.

Karl Williams

  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 243 lbs
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.53
  • Vertical Jump: 32.5"

    Utah Football Career and Highlights
  • Games: 36
  • Starts: 5
  • Carries: 22
  • Yards: 88
  • TDs: 1
  • Receptions: 19
  • Yards: 115
  • TDs: 3
  • Tackles: 26

    When I think back on Karl Williams, this is the moment that jumps out first. Seeing someone rewarded like this by Coach Whitt for their hard work, especially when you learn what kind of a guy Karl Williams is, is really cool. Get your tissues.

    RoJack and I also had a chance to interview Karl Williams on The UteSprotsReport on 1320KFAN on March 27 and you can listen to that audio here.

    A couple of tidbits that stick out to me thinking back on The Truth. The first is the Stanford game, I'm sure you remember that one, the one where Utah beat a Top 5 Team, future Pac-12 Champ and Rose Bowl Runner Up. Yeah, that Stanford game. Utah had just given up a 7 play opening-drive TD and needed to respond to not let the game get away from them. Utah converted a fourth down that drive and on 1st and Goal from the 4, Karl Williams did what he does best- catch passes out of the backfield. AD sealed a block and Karl Williams went in for 6. You can relive that opening TD against The Cardinal here.

    The second is how well he played on special teams. He was referred to as the Captain of that unit, a guy making tons of plays- something he told RoJack and I on the radio he can do immediately at the next level is be a contributor on special teams.

    Most of the attention Karl Williams has drawn while at Utah was off the field: from being awarded a scholarship (video above) to the attention he is receiving after a stellar Pro Day, you can't help but root for a guy Karl. He was praised by his coaches for his work ethic, drive, commitment to team and willingness to do whatever he needed to help his team win. Most of us didn't have the luxury of watching him at practice and in the weight room, but if the stories coming out since Utah's Pro Day are any indication, Karl's intangibles and things that don't show up in the box score will serve him well while competing for a roster spot at the next level.

    Bold Prediction
    Minnesota is a mess at QB, rides Adrian Peterson hard and their former second round pick Toby Gerhart is Jacksonville bound to run behind former Ute and Bronco Zane Beadles. Minnesota drafted a former Utah Man a few years back in Matt Asiata, and that is starting to pay dividends the more opportunity he gets. The Vikings are going to be looking for versatility and value with their next RB/FB, and what do you know- Karl Williams provides all of that and more.

    With the eighth pick of the seventh round, the Minnesota Vikings select Karl Williams, Utah...

    I want nothing more than for Karl Williams to get his name called on Saturday next week. If there is ever a guy that 'deserves' it, it's him. While he has the speed and versatility to warrant being picked, I think the most realistic option for Karl is to get picked up as an undrafted free agent. If you ask Karl Williams, it sounds like it won't matter either way- if it comes down to hard work, no one is going to outwork The Truth.

    I think he makes a practice squad at minimum and has a shot to be a third RB and special teams player at the next level. I'd love to see him take get taken by the Bears. They are thin at RB and he could spell Michael Ford and Matt Forte as needed, while also providing Chicago a ball-catching threat out of the backfield that their backup RBs don't offer right now.

    It's all going to come down to who can handle, The Truth.

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