The other running back in that successful Arkansas backfield along with Alex Collins, Jonathan Williams was forced to sit out the entire 2015 campaign due to a foot injury. Still, the senior running back decided to enter the draft instead of taking advantage of a redshirt. Williams had a productive career in the SEC and will serve as a good option in the mid-late rounds for teams seeking a RB. His size and skill-set give them ability to be a 3 down back in the NFL. Has potential as a starter – but he’ll need to prove he can stay productive following his surgery.
Name: Jonathan Williams
Projection: 4th Round
Comparison: Ryan Mathews
Strengths: A good height to weight ratio teams look for. Big hands. Good hip movement and quick feet. Solid speed with nifty moves in the open field. Utilizes an effective jump-cut. Excellent contact balance and makes second effort plays most can’t make. Fights for yards. An asset in the passing game and does a solid job in pass protection.
Weaknesses: Thin lower half. Like many backs will have to adjust to tighter spaces in the NFL and have to be more decisive which may take time. Has an injury history which will have to be evaluated and has a running style that lends itself to injuries. Fumbles have been an issue.
Outlook: Jonathan Williams is a very interesting back who brings a smooth running style and couples it with top notch contact balance. His running style and body type will likely lead to future injuries which may bring down his career. A middle round selection.