Jamaal Williams, Running Back, BYU Cougars
Weight: 212 pounds
Arm Length: 31-1/4 inches
Hands: 10 inches
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
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* Sat out 2015 for personal reasons
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.