Finding Broncos: Scouting Utah Running Back Joe Williams

Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickle breaks down an enigmatic running back prospect from Utah. Does Joe Williams make sense for the Broncos?

Joe Williams, Running Back, Utah Utes

http://www.scout.com/player/163879-joe-williams?s=101

Combine Measurements 

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 210 pounds

Arms: 30-¾ inches

Hands: 9-3/8 inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.41 seconds

Bench Press (225 lbs): 14 reps

Vertical Jump: 35 inches

Broad Jump: 125 inches

3-Cone Drill: 7.19 seconds

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.19 seconds

Medical

N/A

Character

Concerns

Stats

Year Rush Att Yards TD Receptions Yards
2015 104 477 3 11 84
2016 210 1,407 10 9 107

Pros

Great athlete. Has the breakaway speed. Has a good recovery on attempted tackles. Plays tough and lowers his pads to put a hit on contact.

Strings rush moves together. Has elusiveness and some power to create for himself. Hard to tackle. Keeps his feet churning.

Cons

For a month in 2016 he “retired” before coming back due to injuries to the running back corps. Has led to concerns about his desire to play. Got kicked off of UConn for credit card theft and illegal use.

Fumbled six times. Cuts too early. Vision is average. No patience. Not a pass blocker. Runs towards contact sometimes instead of avoiding when possible. Not a pass catcher. Too tall of a runner.

Overview

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Williams has the home run threat when carrying the ball, but the fumbles are always a concern. He isn’t a threat on third down, either as a receiver or pass protector. This limits him to two downs.

Doesn’t bring versatility out of the backfield. Concerns about his character. He is a good runner, when he doesn’t fumble, and is always a threat.

Fit With The Broncos

Williams' home run speed makes him a fit, but the fit is taken away with his limitations as a third down back. He is a two-down only guy, which with his speed you don’t want.

He is faster than who the Denver Broncos currently have, but that is all he brings to the team. Denver needs speed, but can’t have it for two downs only.

Draft Grade: Undrafted

Where He Goes: Undrafted

Insider's Take: Per sources, a lot of teams I have talked with don’t even have Williams on their board. It’s a combination of four things as to why they don’t. Getting kicked off of UConn for the theft, the fumbles, limitations and his retirement. Teams don’t want to deal with him.

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

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