Buffalo Bills RB Karlos Williams has been one of the biggest steals of the 2015 NFL draft

Karlos Williams saw 154 players drafted before him in the 2015 NFL draft, including 13 other running backs. After six games played, it's safe to say that Williams was one of the biggest steals in the 2015 NFL draft.

Karlos Williams saw 154 players selected before him in the 2015 NFL draft. It’s pretty safe that there weren’t 154 players better than Williams in the draft. The back has been a tremendous complement to LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo Bills back has to be considered among the biggest steals in the entire draft class.

Of the 154 players selected ahead of Williams, 13 of the players were running backs. How has Williams fared against the 13 backs selected ahead of him? Here’s a look:

Player

Pick (Round and Overall pick)

Games Played

Carries

Yards

100 yard games

Rushing TD

Rec.

Rec. Yards

Rec. TD

Todd Gurley

STL 1(10)

6

118

664

4

4

13

88

0

Melvin Gordon

SD 1(15)

9

114

413

0

0

21

118

0

T.J. Yeldon

JAX 2(36)

7

115

470

2

1

19

119

1

Ameer Abdullah

DET 2(54)

8

63

225

0

1

13

113

1

Tevin Coleman

ATL 3(73)

7

42

183

0

1

1

10

0

Duke Johnson

CLE 3(77)

9

59

179

0

0

35

369

2

David Johnson

ARZ 3(86)

8

25

109

0

3

14

208

2

Matt Jones

WAS 3(95)

7

74

276

1

3

9

79

0

Jeremy Langford

CHI 4(106)

8

45

152

0

3

5

101

0

Javorius ‘Buck’ Allen

BALT 4(125)

8

37

163

0

0

7

54

0

Mike Davis

SF 4(126)

5

25

24

0

0

5

23

0

David Cobb

TEN 5(138)

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

--

Jay Ajayi

MIA 5(149)

1

5

41

0

0

0

0

0

Karlos Williams

BUF 5 (155)

6

58

360

2

5

6

72

2

*BOLD INDICATES LEADER

Williams Outplaying Majority of Backs

Williams currently finds himself first among the rookie backs with at least 20 carries in terms of yards per carry (6.2). He’s also first in rushing touchdowns with five and overall touchdowns (rushing and receiving) with seven. Williams is a touchdown machine and his production is impressive considering the fact that his carries are significantly lower than the likes of Gurley, Gordon and Yeldon.

In addition, six of the backs taken ahead of Williams have more carries but only Gurley, Gordon and Yeldon, all high picks, have more yards on the ground. The former Florida State running back has made the most of his opportunities in 2015 and is also tied for second in 100 yard games this season. 

Future of the Bills

Short-term, Williams finds himself as Buffalo's No. 2 back and the perfect complement to McCoy. Whereas, McCoy uses his speed and elusiveness to make defenders miss, Williams takes on contact while showing tremendous burst. In the next few seasons, this duo could emerge as the best 1-2 punch in the NFL. Long-term, Williams has the skill-set to become the man in Buffalo. Not too bad for a player who saw 154 players taken before him. 

In six games, Williams has outplayed the majority of the running backs selected ahead of him and stood out as one of the biggest steals in the 2015 NFL draft.

 


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