Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams has been moving up draft boards since the Combine. So the chances that he'll still be around when the Colts pick at the number thirty spot appear to be dimming, unless the Colts make an uncharacteristic move to trade up in the first round. But with the depth of talent in this year's running back crop, that would be highly unusual. There's even some talk that the Colts may wait until the second round to pick up a running back.
Williams is a guy you want if you primarily want your feature back to run. He's not considered to be as much of a balanced back as some of the others in this year's draft class when you look at his receiving stats, but he has the base skills if put in the right offense.
At the 2006 Combine, Williams handled some questions from the media, including one about how he would fit into the Colts system. We were there to capture this audio for you:
Here's what our draft experts at TFY Draft Preview had to say about him:
Full Name: DeAngelo Williams
School: Memphis Pos: RB
Ht: 5-9 Wt: 214
40: 4.55 Year: 4Sr
Bio: Awarded All-American and All-Conference honors last season after 310/1,964/18 on the ground and 12/71/1 as a receiver. Junior rushing totals included 313/1,948/22 after 243/1,430/10 as a sophomore. Conference USA Player of the Year every season since his sophomore campaign.
Pos: Patient and instinctive ball carrier with a complete game. Sees the field, waits for blocks to develop and follows them anywhere on the field. Finds the cutback lanes, makes defenders miss and gets through the small creases. Plays with outstanding balance, body control and power. Displays good first-step quickness with a burst of speed. Aggressive, puts his shoulders into defenders and works to finish runs. Effective blocking in pass protection. Solid pass catcher.
Neg: Lacks the flat-out speed to beat defenders around corner. Has carried the ball almost 1,000 times in college.
Analysis: A highly decorated collegian and the nation's top senior running back, Williams has the tools to be an instant starter in the NFL. Should have a long and productive career yet does not have that something special to make one think he's a franchise runner.
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