Finding Broncos: Scouting Running Back Jonathan Williams

To finish up scouting the running back class, MHH analyst Erick Trickel takes a look at another Razorback. Just what are his thoughts on Alex Collins teammate?

Combine Results



  • Prototype NFL running back body
  • Has loose hips and quick feet
  • Has immediate reactions
  • Doesn’t come with a lot of wear and tear. Just over 400 carries in college
  • Instincts are excellent
  • Willing pass protector
  • Has soft hands as a receiver
  • Has the ability to pick up short yardage situations
  • Has excellent lateral agility to make people miss in the backfield
  • Forced over 40 missed tackles in 2014
  • Follows his blockers
  • Patient until he sees the hole
  • Great burst
  • Always falls forward when going down
  • Can make people miss in a phone booth
  • Excellent vision
  • Great instincts
  • Can make himself small through the hole


  • Needs to be more consistent at everything he does
  • Ran behind a massive line at Arkansas that used power to mow over most defensive lines
  • Thin lower half
  • Ball security with five fumbles in 2014
  • Missed the 2015 season with a foot injury
  • Gets too cute, and waste time and movement
  • Needs to get better at his decisions
  • Leaves yards on the field with bad decisions to cut into defenders

Overall Thoughts

Williams is an underrated back in this draft, thanks to his foot injury. He can be a bell-cow back, but works best as part of a running back committee. There is some great one-cut-and-go ability from Williams, which makes him a good fit for the Denver Broncos.

The issue with his fit for the Broncos — he plays a lot like C.J. Anderson and just becomes repetitive. Whoever takes him will get a good back, who they can use an a variety of ways. In a few years, Williams very well could be one of the top-three running backs to come out of this class. He has such a high ceiling, and should go higher than he will. The concerns about his foot will cause him to fall.

Broncos Round Projection: Mid 3rd round

Where He Goes: Late 3rd-Late 4th

Per sources: A lot of the medical stuff for Williams is coming back positive. Most people I talked with said he will be used in a limited role his rookie season, but year two could be a breakout year for him.

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