Finding Broncos: Scouting BYU Running Back Jamaal Williams

MHH Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel takes breaks down a personal favorite in Jamaal Williams from BYU. But does Williams fit the Broncos?

Jamaal Williams, Running Back, BYU Cougars

Combine Measurements 

Height: 6-foot-0

Weight: 212 pounds

Arm Length: 31-1/4 inches

Hands: 10 inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.59 seconds

Vertical Jump: 30 inches

Broad Jump: 123 inches

3 -Cone Drill: 7.25 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.53 seconds


Year Rush Att Yards Rush TD Receptions Yards Receiving TD
2012 166 775 12 27 315 1
2013 217 1,233 7 18 125 0
2014 109 518 4 8 47 0
2016 234 1,375 12 7 80 0

* Sat out 2015 for personal reasons

Medical History

Ankle injury last season




Has NFL size and frame. Fumbles once every 140 carries, great ball security. Great vision. Sees the hole and hits it with good burst and power. Strong stiff arm. Surprisingly quick and effective spin move.

Deceptive speed. Quick decision maker and doesn’t second guess himself. Confident. Smart with high football IQ. Uses leverage on contact. Willing to put a hit on a potential tackle. Great balance when running.


Runs into blockers when he lowers his head through the hole too often. Not super athletic. Not a great jump cut. Would like to see him break more arm tackles.

No extra gear to break away. Not effective outside of the tackles. Needs work as a receiver out of the backfield. Needs work as a blocker, though he is willing.


Williams is a limited runner, but he has a higher ceiling than some other running backs. He'll be an effective between-the-tackles and short-yardage runner early in his career. He needs special teams experience, which he doesn’t have, to help him provide more for a team.

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Williams will need to be part of a committee, or the power back in a one-two combo. He doesn’t have the speed to really scare defenses, so he'll have to use power more to scare them.

Fit With The Broncos

The Denver Broncos have a similar back in C.J. Anderson, but he can’t stay healthy and play a full season. Williams doesn’t really fit what the Broncos need, as they need a speedy threat that can come in and change the pace of the game.

If Denver were wanting to replace Anderson, whom they are disappointed in for health reasons, then Williams would make a lot of sense.

Draft Grade: Third round

Where He Goes: Fourth-fifth round

Insider's Take: Per sources, Williams lacks the ability to compete with NFL defensive speed, which gets faster and quicker every year. He has to show more than he has in college to stick with a team early in his career. Williams has the football IQ, which has led many to think he would be a great coach, while only being a JAG (just another guy).

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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