The Buffalo Bills continued to sign rookies from their draft class on Friday when they agreed to terms with former Arkansas Razorbacks running back Jonathan Williams. Buffalo selected Williams with the 156 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
Williams said the following to BuffaloBills.com after signing his rookie deal:
"I'm here to play football and I'm glad my contract is out of the way," Williams said. "So now I can focus on the playbook and helping my teammates and get better."
Williams is 6'0" and 223 pounds. The running back missed the 2015 season at Arkansas, but he put up outstanding numbers during his time with the Razorbacks. In his three seasons at Arkansas, Williams rushed for 2,321 yards on 406 attempts (5.7 YPC).and added 16 rushing touchdowns. The back also had 345 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns with the Razorbacks. .
According to NFL.com, Williams was responsible for 44 missed tackles during his 2014 campaign at Arkansas. The site described Williams as a potential three-down back with terrific hands. It seems as though Williams dropped in the draft simply due to his 2015 injury.
Scout.com's analysis on Williams mentions his terrific power and quickness:
Williams has a nice combination of power and quickness. His game will be exciting when he breaks free in the second level of the defense. Jon runs hard with solid open field ability and vision. His ball security issues in college won't be tolerated in the NFL. He's an injury away from offering serviceable value.
In Buffalo, Williams joins LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams, Mike Gillislee, James Wilder Jr., and Dri Archer at the running back position. In a run-first offense, you can't have enough talent and Williams may end up being a steal for Buffalo.